Rescued wild heron revisits kind man after returning to wild
A wild heron recently revisited his host family in north China's Shanxi Province.
The heron was saved by a local villager Sun Kaisheng together with another heron after they fell down from their nest. The two herons then stayed for almost 60 days in Sun's family.
"I took them back and took care of them like our family members. I hoped to help them return to the wild as soon as possible," said Sun.
Sun named the two herons as "Qinqin" and "Yuanyuan."
To train the herons' ability to survive in the wild, Sun often took them to the wetland nearby to practice hunting skills.
After almost two months' care, the herons began to fly.
"First they could fly from ground to rooftop. Then they could do it from roof to roof. Later their wings became strong enough to support them for longer flight," said Sun.
One morning, Sun found Qinqin had left which never returned. Yuanyuan left two days later. Not before long, Yuanyuan returned to visit him. The clever bird spent last few days with Sun before leaving the family forever.
"When Yuanyuan first came back, I prepared small fish for it. Then it could fly farther and find food itself. So it did not eat fish any more. Yuanyuan is a clever bird," said Sun.
Sun's hometown Qinyuan County is famous for thousands of wild herons. Villagers there have lived in harmony with those birds for years.