Eastern and Western ancient cultures have stories about the firebird, most of which portray it as a harmless creature, a token of well-being. The birds are alleged to live for about five hundred years, and at the end of their life, they ignite into flames; then, another bird appears, either a new one or the same one reborn. Because of this, the firebird is the symbol for rebirth and immortality.
In Russian literature, the firebird attains this immortality by eating golden apples. It has a beautiful voice, pearls fall from its beak when it sings, and its songs can heal the sick. So if you’re lucky enough to find one of these birds, keep it around for a while!