A rare baby bird rescued by a Petaluma resident is so teeny, it's the same size as a cotton ball.
International Bird Rescue / Isabel Luevano
Dione Rochelle found the aquatic shorebird while she was on an evening walk last week.
Rochelle told SFgate.com, "He was just walking down the middle of the path like he owned the place. He looked like a pom-pom. He was going pretty fast. We stepped back thinking there was a mother or other babies.”
Rochelle realized the chick was all alone in Shollenberger Park and carefully picked up it up. The chick was a Black Rail, an elusive bird that is hardly ever seen. Black Rails are a threatened species in California because of habitat loss.
She took the orphaned chick covered in black fuzzy feathers home and brought it to Wildcare in San Rafael the following day. Wildcare transferred the chick to the International Bird Rescue's San Francisco Bay center.
On Tuesday, bird experts working at IBR said they could not believe just how tiny and adorable the chick was.