Patrick Smith was outside of his workplace when he happened upon a baby killdeer that had become trapped in a PVC pipe. Freeing the little sweetheart, he noticed that two very worried-looking parents were scurrying about nearby, and watched as the emotional reunion took place.

Killdeer are precocial birds, which means they are born alert and ready to run free. Due to their ability to charge around like adorable little balls of cuteness, people often mistake baby killdeer for being lost and remove them from their nesting area when their parents are actually nearby. Unless imminent danger is apparent (like a PVC pipe, for instance), resisting the urge to handle a baby killdeer, or any other baby animal, is always the best practice.

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Thankfully, this human just wanted to see his feathered friend safely off with his worried folks. We can practically hear the words “Are You My Mother?” in our heads the entire time we watch this sweet example of animal family bonding.

NOTE: As an important note, do not try to help wildlife of any sort unless you are trained. Find a local wildlife rehabber/rescuer or veterinarian ASAP, or call a rescue hotline. Here are some that might help!

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