This helpless baby bird must have a guardian angel - for it was first spotted wriggling on the ground by an animal lover who saved its life.

The tiny creature must have fallen out of its nest, and was left in grave danger after being unable to fly away.

But luckily for the poor bird, Dewsbury man Abid Farid was walking along the canal towpath near Horbury when he saw it.

He said: "There were cyclists flying down the towpath and a few dog walkers. I'm surprised the dog didn't kill it off!

"I looked around for a tree it might have fallen out of but there were so many. I called the RSPCA but there was no answer after 15 minutes.

"He was a strong character and very willful. He was scrambling along the floor and out of my hands!

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"I'm such a softie - my heart melts when I see animals in distress, so I tried to figure what to do.

"I decided to Google 'what to do with a baby bird' and it came up with the RSPB website.

"After calling around, I picked him up and put him in my warm hoodie pocket. He loved it and calmed down and fell asleep!

Archie the baby bird, pictured in Abid's pocket

"The RSPB couldn't help because they don't run rescue centres or hospitals for birds.They did mention to call a vet. so as we were heading to Wakefield, I rang up the nearest vet and they asked me to put him back where I found him, but I explained that he was vulnerable on the towpath, and the overgrown area above the wall was a danger for him.

"They then asked us to bring him in. When we got there, they realised how tiny he was and said they'd put it in a box and we should take him back and leave him where we found him! I was shocked. I explained again the dangers of where we found him so they reluctantly took him in.

"I named him Archie - he was quite a character!"