This is an amazing story and I can tell you from first hand experience volunteering at a wildlife rehab facility that baby bunnies rarely survive (at least our little cottontails don't) because they're very easily stressed. I was surprised to see that these bunnies thrived under Noah's care. Maybe Noah is on to something. Instead of just placing the bunnies in a cage and taking them out for cage cleaning and feeding, they need a nurturing mother figure. I'm going to share this story with my fellow volunteers at Wildlife Rescue to see if we can improve our cottontail mortality rate. And learn something from this remarkable little dove.
Baby Bunnies Thrive Under Noah's Nurturing Care
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 centre. 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 featherbed, no doubt to snuggling up with its littermates!
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: The bunnies are doing great and will be released soon. Hopefully there will be more baby bunnies that Noah can help rehab so they can released back into the wild.