Hummingbird returns every year to visit man who nursed him back to health

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A Georgia man who nursed a hummingbird back to health four years ago has been getting a special visit from his pal ever since.

Mike Cardenaz may seem scary as a tattooed former SWAT officer, but he is actually a huge animal lover. "That's what people call me. Dr. Dolittle," said Cardenaz.

Cardenaz keeps flowers on his front porch that attract hummingbirds. And four years ago, Cardenaz came across one that needed help.

“Several of his feathers in his wings were broken off and he couldn't take flight,” said Cardenaz.

He named him Buzz and nursed him back to health with Pedialyte and sugar.

“I had to wait until he molted, and regrew new wings. That was 8 weeks. And he became a part of the family,” said Cardenaz.

Eventually, Buzz regained his strength back.

“He would fly around the yard and come back when he got exhausted because that was his comfort zone until he finally took off for the winter. And he's been coming back for the last four years,” said Cardenaz.

How does he know it's the same hummingbird?

“Random hummingbirds don't land in your hand,” said Cardenaz.