Geyser of Awesome friend Una Feral just tipped us off to an exceptionally cute and heartwarming story from the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. This tale dates back to 2009, but it’s news to us and too awesome to keep to ourselves.
These unbearably sweet photos were taken by Bob Lenham who, along with his wife Georganne, owns a small ranch in the Piney Woods of East Texas called Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. It’s there that you’ll find Noah, a one-legged homing pigeon and permanent resident of the rescue ranch, who took an unexpected interest in a cage containing a litter of tiny baby bunnies who had recently been attacked and orphaned by a dog:
"Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in-even sleeping in front of the door to the cage. Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise-there was the tiny bunny-under Noah’s wing-sound asleep!
The bunny had crawled through the cage-preferring a featherbed, no doubt. Now, they are all together, and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah’s feathers, he extends his wings out to surround them-and they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!”
But that’s not all. Noah now helps out with all sorts of injured and/or orphaned baby animals in the care of the ranch. “He cuddles with all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers…and he “coos” as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby.”
The purpose of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch is rehabilitating animals so that they may be returned to the wild. Because of his physical condition Noah the rescue pigeon is unreleasable, but he plays a vital role in helping other residents of the ranch heal and grow up healthy and strong so that they may be set free. That’s pretty freaking awesome.
Photos via Noah’s Facebook page.