Rescued animals seem to always find the sweetest ways to show appreciation to those that saved their lives. Although no one would expect from a bird to act in such a way, this owl found the sweetest way to thank the man who saved her!

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Badly injured, GiGi – a very cute horned owl, was pretty hopeless when brought at the Wild at Heart Rescue in Mississippi. Apparently the owl got hit by a car and she suffered several injures. With the odds against her, even the volunteers at the center feared for her life. But Gigi beat that odds and impressed everyone with her fighting spirit.

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“This bird was one of the most critical we have ever taken care of,” Missy Dubuisson, the rescue’s founder told the Dodo. “The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension.

The owl eventually fully recovered and responsible for her amazing transformation is Douglas “Doug” Pojeky – a kind soul rightfully nicknamed ‘the birds of prey whisperer’ due to his special ability to heal injured birds. And there were countless injured birds that recovered because of him. So it is easy to understand why Doug gained GiGi’s trust since the first day they’ve met!

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“In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds, Dubuisson said. “It literally brings tears to my eyes to watch him interact with these birds. They absolutely know him and trust him. It’s the trust that you see in her face.”

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GiGi never forgot though, the kindness and the caring Doug showed her all over the road, so when she met him after the recovery, she showed her gratitude in a way meant to left speechless even the birds whisperer. Watch their heartwarming reunion here: