I will confess that I did not exactly know what to expect when I saw the clip above, which on YouTube was titled: “Shocking ice fishing video from Pennsylvania!”

I mean, this might come as a big surprise to you, but I have never been ice fishing in Pennsylvania. “Honestly,” I thought to myself, “how shocking could it be?

Hmm, okay, well, let’s just take a look. It seems li—

OH, THAT’S A BIRD.

THIS GUY PULLED A BIRD OUT OF THE ICE.

“My jaw hit the ice,” said Nicholas Colangelo, who filmed this clip, which shows his fishing buddy Fred — and Fred’s new bird friend — on Monday. “I was absolutely shocked.”

Colangelo has been fishing for years and frequently heads out with a couple of buddies. On Mondays, they go for muskie, Colangelo said.

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He’s never seen anything like this before, though he has seen this type of bird dive in the water for longer stretches of time.

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“I’ve never heard of anything like this happening,” Colangelo told The Washington Post. “It was so unusual. So, to see this, honestly, I was speechless.”

It is important to note that the video ends with the release of the bird, which skids off toward the water. Colangelo said that the bird came out of this fine — it was minimally tangled in the line and made a clean escape back to its flock.

“I would just sincerely like to say that the environment, the fish, the birds — that’s what’s high priority,” he said. “We don’t keep anything, we don’t kill anything.”

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Which is great, because this bird — certainly, without a doubt — has already had the absolute worst winter, so it deserves to be okay and happy and warm now. Its winter has almost definitely been worse than your winter, and worse than mine, and I am typing this as Washington is bracing for another snow day.

Anyway. Don’t worry, little guy. Spring will be here someday.

Update: The video caption initially misidentified Colangelo as the person who pulled up the bird. Credit for that goes to his friend, Fred Christensen. Colangelo shot the video.

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