Birds of a feather flock together. When one robin became incapacitated in Saudi Arabia, a fellow bird refused to leave it behind and performed the avian equivalent of CPR to revive its friend (video below).
One day, a man encountered a scrub robin lying motionless on the ground. By all appearances, the bird was dead, but that did not dissuade a fellow robin from prodding its body with its beak, Shareably reports.
The scene occurred on the patio area of a building in Saudi Arabia. The robin had flown straight into a window, smashed its body against the glass and crumpled to the floor, according to the Daily Mail.
Another robin swooped onto the scene to help the fellow bird. Fluttering around the body, gently stroking the unconscious bird with its beak, the good Samaritan displayed an extraordinary dedication as it prodded its friend for more than a minute.
In many cases, the robin's efforts to revive its friends would have been in vain. Birds often fly into windows and it usually does not have a happy ending.
While there are no concrete statistics on the number of bird fatalities caused by windows, previous studies estimate that between 365 and 988 million birds per year die from inadvertently flying into planes of glass in the U.S. alone, according to Science News.
As the motionless robin remained unresponsive on the floor, remaining stiff despite its fellow bird's prodding, the heartbreaking scene looked like it would result in one animal refusing to accept that its friend has died.
Despite the slim odds of success, the tenacious robin seemed to understand that its friend had a strong heart and that it wanted to live.
Rotating the unconscious bird on the floor, the robin fluttered around desperately, patiently trying to rouse its friend.
Against all odds, the motionless robin eventually sprang back onto its feet, snatched from the jaws of death. Together, the two triumphant birds fluttered their wings and flew away from the scene to resume their roaming across the skies.
This close call had a happy ending, but many birds die because they do not realize that they are about to hit a wall when they fly close to translucent surfaces like windows.
To minimize the number of bird fatalities, use window film to make glass surfaces less reflective. Other ways to prevent birds flying into windows includes installing patterned glass or having the panes coated to better reflect ultraviolet light, MPR News reports.
The tradeoff is that these measures are expensive and can make windows less attractive.
While windows remain a hazard for birds around the world, this one example is a heartwarming case of one robin refusing to leave its fellow bird behind. After all, birds of a feather flock together.