Boxer dog takes baby bird under his wing

Rusty and Birdy Credit: SWNS

A boxer dog has taken a baby bird under his wing, even letting the chick ride around on his back.

Two-year-old Rusty took a shine to the thrush chick when she fell out of her nest and landed in his garden in the Isle of Sheppey.

The chick - nicknamed Birdy - which is unable to fly climbs on Rusty's back and he takes it for rides.

The pair have proved an internet hit, with videos posted online by Rusty's owner, Jurgita Peciulaityte, being viewed thousands of times.

After setting up home in a shoe box, Birdy has already flown the nest and now lives in a temporary nest in a potted indoor tree.

The 34-year-old has been nursing the bird back to health, but complained it was "eating us out of house and home".