Woman Rescues Baby Blue Jay And He Comes Back To Visit Her Every Day.

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They say that when you do good things, the universe has a way of repaying you with the same kindness. Well, that's exactly what happened to Dina Theissen and her family. While Dina had a husband and daughter, the last thing they expected was to get a new addition to their nest. But it wasn't a second child that the Thiessen's welcomed, but rather a blue jay named Gracie. How they met was unexpected, and how they became a family was so heartwarming. And when life threw Dina a shocking curveball, Gracie was more than happy to help her out.

Dina and daughter found a baby bird on one fateful morning that changed their lives forever.

The blue jay was only a few days old and sitting at the bottom of a tree. But it was so young that they couldn't tell what kind of bird it was at the time. One thing was certain, they had to help the cute little guy out.

The Thiessens named the bird Gracie, even though it was male, and decided to raise him.

They gave him a place to stay, and eat. On the advice from a wildlife rescue service, Dina tried leaving Gracie where she'd found him to see if his mom would return, but she didn't. Since they knew that Gracie wouldn't survive alone, they took him in.

The Thiessens named the bird Gracie, even though it was male, and decided to raise him.

Dina Theissen

For Dina, caring for Gracie was like becoming a mom all over again, and Gracie seemed pretty comfy.

While the blue jay continued to bond with its human mommy and the rest of the family, Dina knew she had to teach him what it meant to become a bird. As he grew, she nurtured and taught him all about the natural environment.

For Dina, caring for Gracie was like becoming a mom all over again, and Gracie seemed pretty comfy.

Dina Theissen

Dina had noticed how Gracie was becoming stronger and eager to learn about the world.

She decided to help him learn what it was like to forage food for himself by hunting insects. Using her hands and her arms, she'd lift him up and lead him towards his potential food source. In the process, she became a mommy bird too.

Dina had noticed how Gracie was becoming stronger and eager to learn about the world.

Dina Theissen

The Thiessens used their patio to raise Gracie, knowing full well that he'd one day return to the wild.

Until he flew the proverbial coop, Gracie learned to hone in on his natural instincts and used his abilities to fly, search for food, and explore his surroundings. At first, it seemed like Gracie didn't really want to leave his human family behind.

The Thiessens used their patio to raise Gracie, knowing full well that he'd one day return to the wild.

Dina Theissen

Gracie had become a full-fledged member of the Thiessen clan, and he wasn't ready to join his flock.

He had his own way of bonding with everyone, not just Dina. He'd often talk, or in this case, peck, her husband's ear off. It almost seemed like he knew how to make every member of the family feel happier.

Gracie had become a full-fledged member of the Thiessen clan, and he wasn't ready to join his flock.

Dina Theissen

He even used the dining table to eat, but there were no tables in the wild, where he'd go eventually.

As much as the Thiessens loved Gracie, they knew it was time to part ways. So after a few tries, the beloved Blue Jay eventually took off into the real world. Then, the Thiessens received the worst news ever.

He even used the dining table to eat, but there were no tables in the wild, where he'd go eventually.

Dina Theissen

Dina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which devastated her and the entire family.

In the midst of such a horrible diagnosis, something wonderful happened. Gracie started paying the Thiessens a daily visit. Of course, he spent most of his time playing the role of a guardian angel to Dina, or at least pretending to be when he perched himself on her shoulder or back.

Dina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which devastated her and the entire family.

Dina Theissen

Learning that she had developed cancer was difficult for Dina, but Gracie's presence was soothing.

It felt to her as if Gracie empathized with what she was going through. Since Dina had been a surrogate mother to him, he felt that the least he could do was look after her while she recovered from chemotherapy.

Learning that she had developed cancer was difficult for Dina, but Gracie's presence was soothing.

Dina Theissen

Gracie gave Dina and her entire family the strength and the courage to see them through this.

According to Dina, Gracie always knew what she, her husband, and daughter needed to feel better when they were down. Thankfully, Gracie's visits gave them the morale boost they needed, and today, Dina is now cancer-free!

Since Dina would have never gotten through this without Gracie, her husband, Ken had an idea. He wrote a book called "Gracie's Wild Adventures," which tells the tale of how Gracie came into the Thiessens lives and made everything better. But while you can't own Gracie, you can get your very own guardian angel, a TY Beanie Baby Blue Jay plush toy through Amazon.

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The Dodo

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