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There’s another pigeon besides Noah that has fallen in love with baby bunnies! Do pigeons have a natural inclination towards rabbits?

Pigeon adopts baby rabbits

11/11/2004 08:45 – (South Africa)

A pigeon takes care of her “babies”, seven baby rabbits. (Rusana Philander, Die Burger)

Cape Town – A pigeon at the Karmanel party farm at Joostenberg Vlakte near Kraaifontein is the proud “mother” of seven rabbits.

The pigeon recently took the rabbits under her wing when the two rabbit mothers neglected their babies.

Amanda Nel, owner of Karmanel, said the pigeon has been keeping the rabbits warm for the past three weeks.

“The pigeon ‘moved in’ with them after the rabbits were born. The rabbits and pigeon live in the same cage. Rabbits do not make good mothers and the pigeon took over this task from the rabbits. I think she believes the baby rabbits are her own.” (Editor’s note: rabbits do make
wonderful mothers when left alone to raise their young)

Nel said it was quite possible because the rabbits and pigeon have been living together “in harmony” for the past few years.

“It is incredible to see how these two species have formed a tight family unit. Because of the pigeon mother, the rabbits will grow up because she looks after them all the time. The strong bond between the rabbits and pigeon cannot be broken.

“The pigeon has become a mother to the seven rabbits and protects them as if they are her own. She never lets them out of her sight.”

Two bird experts said it was the first time they heard of a bird adopting rabbits.

Hilton Pillay, a bird expert of Strandfontein, attributed this behaviour to the mothering instinct of the pigeon.

“Because it is breeding season for birds, they are reacting to this instinct.”

Doug Harebottle of the unit for bird demographics at the University of Cape Town said some rabbits neglected their young, but this particular situation was exceptional particularly because rabbits are mammals.

(From: http://www.boingonline.com/news_headlines.html)


Remember I posted a story about Noah the pigeon and his bunny children? (If not, please read: The pigeon and the bunnies) Well, here’s an update about him:

Update on 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.

Noah and the Bunnies

Now, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the ranch…

Noah Helps a Fawn

Noah Helps a Squirrel

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.

(From: http://wildroserescueranch.com/the-pigeon-and-the-bunnies.htm)


Found the following story on the Pij ‘n’ Angels forum and I love it. It really shows how amazing pigeons can be.

Noah, the Homing Pigeon/Rock Dove and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the BunniesThese 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.

Enter Noah—the non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that we have here in rehab.

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 Pigeon and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

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!

(From: http://wildroserescueranch.com/the-pigeon-and-the-bunnies.htm)