“He will cover you with His feathers
And under His wings you will find refuge.”
Noah is a one-legged homing pigeon, also called a rock dove, who lives in Bob and Georganne Lenham’s Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas.
One day, the Lenhams found five little bunnies, about 6 days old, who were orphaned when a dog attacked and killed their mom. Two bunnies did not survive; the remaining three were not doing well….
Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in — even sleeping in front of the door to the cage.
But when Noah moved a bit from the front of the cage, to everyone’s surprise, there was the missing bunny — under Noah’s wing, sound asleep! That little bunny rabbit had crawled through the cage, no doubt preferring a featherbed to snuggling up with its littermates.
So, the Lenhams put Noah in the cage with the tiny bunnies. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah’s feathers, he carefully extends his wings out to surround them and then 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.
Noah’s story went viral and was forwarded via e-mail around the world.
After finding many posts online featuring Noah and the bunnies and reading about the many lives he has touched, the Lenhams posted a new photo and a follow-up:
We knew there was something special about Noah the moment we saw him.
Although the bunnies were his first charges and remain his favorite, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. He cuddles with all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers, softly cooing as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby.
Noah is truly, truly a God-send. How wonderful it is to have a full-time soft-feathered nurturer here at the rescue ranch!
Here’s Noah’s first litter of bunnies, almost raised and ready for release:
H/t my dear friend Lisa, owner of Basically Bunnies, before an injury led to her giving up the rabbit sanctuary.