Watch the incredible moment a baby bird hatches in the palm of a man's hand

The blue tit chick’s first seconds are captured by a group of Polish scientists

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A group of Polish scientists have captured the moment a blue tit chick hatches – incredibly – in the palm of a man’s hand.

The amazing footage shows in great detail the chick slowly emerging from its egg, struggling to fully detach itself from its shell.

The scientists from Jagiellonian University have studied these birds for over ten years. They want to understand their mating habits and the effects of testosterone and stress hormones on chicks. Their current research is based on a sample of around 200 birds.

The chick will now be reared by researchers in an incubator, in order to develop their research.