“Finally, I’m thinking, Random hummingbirds don’t just land in my hand. This must be one of my rescues,” said Cardenaz.
Michael Cardenaz is a typical macho man, a guy with tattoos in his arms, with a shaved head and full-blown muscles, who loves German Shepherds. He is the kind of guy you would expect to see during a bar fight in Texas, who is calmly drinking some strong malt liquor while knocking other guys out with a single punch. Well, he just happened to be the contrary of what you would’ve thought.
One day while he was sitting at his porch, he was visited by a hummingbird, who initially flew over his head and then landed on his palm. Kind of weird for a guy of this size who has previously worked with the sheriff’s office and later with the SWAT team. But despite his reputation, he managed to recognize the hummingbird and connect finally connect the dots. “Finally, I’m thinking, Random hummingbirds don’t just land in my hand. This must be one of my rescues,” said Cardenas. So the bird was an old pal he had helped one time when his wing was broken.
Being an animal lover, Cardenaz rescues many of them every day. He helps dogs, cats, and other pets, but also wilder animals like hummingbirds. “He had an injured wing. I don’t know if he flew into a window or what. But he was outside my home, by the wall, just sort of spinning in a circle. Their wings are almost like plastic, they’re transparent. Several of those had broken. So he couldn’t gain flight,” said Cardenas. The bird apparently remembered the nursing that Michael did to him and paid a visit to his pal when he came back from the South migration.