Thursday, March 11, 2010

De-Stress Thursday: Noah the Dove

Noah the Dove
These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.
Noah is a non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that is in the rehab center. 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 tiny bunny...under Noah's wing...sound asleep! That little bunny rabbit had crawled through the cage, preferring a feather bed, no doubt to snuggling up with its litter mates!
Now, they are all together and the bunnies are doing GREAT. 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! It is beautiful and amazing to see.

Update!:
We are Bob and Georganne Lenham of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas, home of Noah the Pigeon. After finding many posts online featuring Noah and the bunnies and reading about the many lives he has touched (his story has been forwarded around the world) we thought we'd post a follow-up and a few new photos.

We knew there was something special about Noah the moment we saw him.
Although the bunnies seem to be his favorite, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. Noah's first litter of bunnies, almost raised and ready for release.

Now, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the ranch. How wonderful it is to have a full-time soft-feathered nurturer here at the rescue 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. Noah is truly, truly a God-send.

He will cover you with His feathers
And under His wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 91:4

Do you think that YOU are too "broken" to have a mission in life? If a one legged dove who can't fly or do what he was "meant" to do, think of all YOU can do with your life - regardless of what you think is holding you back. Try to see obstacles as opportunities!! Remember...God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called!!
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Huge thanks to Regina for sharing this with me!

27 comments:

Christina said...

Some much needed encouragement for the day. Thanks Jeannie!

Mighty M said...

That is AMAZING! What a wonderful story - thanks for sharing!

Chickens in the Basement said...

I love this! I would so love to have these babies in our back yard!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I am sitting at my desk at school, while my students take a test with tears running down my face. This was one of the sweetest posts I have ever read. Noah rocks!

Pixie said...

what a wonderful post, reminding us of the gentleness of nature and how one should love everyone...even if they are vastly different.

Donnetta said...

Oh, I definitely needed that today!!

Deanna said...

What a wonderfully inspiring story! Thanks Jeannie!

Frances said...

What a great story! Thanks you for sharing this today!

La Mere Joie said...

Such an inspiring story. Thank you for posting. It's incredible the most unlikely seem to do more than you would ever expect.

Regina said...

Jeannie...I knew when I shared this with you that you would find a way to share it with others.

Noah does give us all a gift...to look at life as it should be...help those that need it no matter who they are!!!!

Big Hugs,
Regi

Kita said...

This was great to read! I jumped over here from the SITS site of the day. I love your princess layout. :)

Kristina P. said...

What a beautiful story!

Grand Pooba said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever!

Roxane said...

omg i'm in a pool of tears. So touching. Thank you for sharing.

The Blonde Duck said...

That is the most precious thing EVER!

Intense Guy said...

Such a beautiful story!

:)

Tammy said...

What a touching story. I had never heard of Noah. I love it. I will have to share this with the kids. They are huge animal lovers and will love to hear the story. Thanks for sharing this girl! :)

WhisperingWriter said...

What a fantastic story.

Annie said...

Jeannie, this is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sharing - it'a a great inspiration! Thank you!

hipchic~cynde said...

What a great story!
Have a great day :0)

Janiece said...

what an amazing story... and today when I was feeling a little sorry for myself...it could not come at a better time!

Thanks for the story and scripture verse.

foxy said...

Such a sweet story... totally made my heart smile. Thanks for sharing!

AliceKay said...

Wonderful story. It made my day. :)

Lynn said...

Wow what a wonderful story, that is just the cutest thing, its wonderful how animals take care of each other, I agree totally a gift from God :o) Thanks so much for sharing this I loved this post!

KK said...

That's precious and you have no idea how much I needed that last paragraph today! thanks :)

April said...

So very sweet!! Thanks so much for sharing about Noah ... what a lil' blessing!

Mimi said...

I LOVE this!!