A Dove Named Noah

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“He will cover you with His feathers

And under His wings you will find refuge.”

Psalm 91:4

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.

Then, suddenly, there were only two bunnies in 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.


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0 responses to “A Dove Named Noah

  1. This was a wonderful way to start my morning, Many thanks!

  2. And the Holy Spirit shall shelter us with his wings and keep us safe. His Spirit will enfold us in warmth and peace.

  3. cool story. years later when the bunnies seek out psychiatric help. yea my mom was a bird. you don’t say hmmmm. i remember a few years back we had an especially cold winter and to keep warm a skunk a cat and a raccoon had huddled up and shared the back of my grandfathers 4 car garage. they even hung out together which was a very odd site.

  4. That is a really great story.

  5. What a heart-warming tribute to one of God’s creatures
    treasuring another creation in the ways that God intended us to treasure one another as humans. Truly beautiful story~!

  6. Yes, we all need a warm fuzzy and this was surely a good one.

  7. We feed a “flock” of doves – Rock, Mourning and Inca – daily. People give us grief about the pigeons, but they are our favorites. This is a great story which I will now share with all the pigeon detractors!


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