The Story of an Inspiring Bird
A Story of Adoption
Three baby bunnies orphaned at just six days old. A dog attacked this rabbit family, and these three were the only ones to survive. Two of their siblings lost their lives as well as their mother and father.
After a day or two in rehab, these wee bunnies weren't doing too well, but fortunately for them, there was a veteran in the animal care shelter who checked on them constantly and was willing to diligently watch over them day and night. This is a remarkable and heart touching story that deserves some notoriety. So read on and discover the story of these three orphaned bunnies.
The Homing Pigeon/Rock Dove
Let me introduce you the other star of our story, Noah. Noah is a Homing Pigeon/Rock Dove who is a permanent resident at Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Whitehouse, Texas. Noah is a non-releasable, one legged dove living at Bob and Georgeanne Lenham's Ranch. The Wild Rose Rescue Ranch is a natural habitat that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife that has been injured, lost or orphaned. They are a not-for-profit Texas corporation with no funding from state or private organizations. So, if Noah's story touches you, be sure to visit their donation page to help out with this excellent Christ centered animal rescue.So, is your curiosity peaked yet? Are you ready to hear about those bunnies and this dove?
Keep reading . . . the touching story is just below . . .
A Touching Story
Noah and the Bunnies
During the first days after the bunnies were rescued, Noah was seen checking in on the brown furballs' cage on a regular basis. He kept looking in and even slept in front of the cage. One day when Mrs. Lenham went in, there were only two bunnies in the cage. One had mysteriously come up missing. However, when she picked up Noah from in front of the cage to investigate further, to her surprise, there was the third bunny under Noah's wing sound asleep. The little bunny had squeezed out of the cage and curled up under his overseer. Mrs. Lenham speculated that the tiny orphan preferred the "featherbed."
It didn't take long for all three bunnies to adopt Noah as a surrogate parent. Noah would open his wings and allow the three weak bunnies to nestle there beneath him. He surrounded them with his wings and nudged them with his beak so they would stay under his wings and keep them nice and warm. The bunnies responded tremendously to Noah's love and care. They grew well and were able to be released.Noah's story has been around the world by e-mail (that's how I first heard of it) touching hearts and lives as it goes. But what those e-mails don't tell you is this is just the beginning of the story. Keep reading below to hear the rest of the story.
He Didn't Stop with Bunnies
After I got the e-mail about Noah and the Bunnies, I had to research it to see if it was true. I just can't help myself, I almost never take an e-mail's word for it when I get a story. There are too many creative folks out there writing heartwarming tales and trying to pass them off as real. But this time my research paid off. When I googled "Noah and the Bunnies," I discovered that not only is this tale true, Noah is still busy taking care of animals at Wild Rose Ranch. There on the right you'll see a picture of him with his bunnies when they were almost ready for release.Since then Noah has adopted a squirrel and a fawn. And it wouldn't surprise me if this pigeon has made other orphans feel welcome at the Lenham Ranch. Mrs. Lenham says that Noah cuddles and warms these babies and coos them to sleep with his soft lullaby.
More From Wild Rose Rescue Ranch and Noah
Noah's story is so inspiring, they've created a book to share. Just visit their site at the link above to find the book that has just been published with all proceeds going to help this non-profit organization who serves injured, lost and orphaned animals.You can find pictures of other animals from the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch on Flicker. Just Click Here to find the Lenham's Pictures. I personally love the one of the baby squirrel with a cast!!! So click on that link and check it out!
We can learn from Noah's inspiring story
The story of Noah is inspiring. There are a couple of things I believe we can learn from Noah to apply to our day to day life.First, everyone can do something. There may be a lot you can't do. Noah was a bird who couldn't fly and had only one leg. As far as birds go, he was pretty useless. After all, the whole beauty of a bird is the freedom it has. A bird in flight is one of the most beautiful and majestic sights around. So in bird terms, Noah was hopeless. But this bird didn't use his shortcomings to stop him. Noah somehow understood that everyone can do something.
More Inspiration from Animals
- Devotions Influenced by Animals
Animals can teach us a lot about our relationship with God. This page offers short readings with lessons from God's humbler creations.
Even when we can't do the things we're expected to do, what others do or even what we really want to do, we can still DO! We each have gifts we can use to help others and be the body of Christ. Noah can't fly, but his wings still hold warmth that nurtures and heals. With only one leg, I'm sure he doesn't necessarily hop around very well either, but his lack of mobility doesn't keep him from using his gift of helps and caring to give another animal the nurture it needs to heal and live.Second, it would seem that Noah understood Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11 and Romans 10:12. All three of these verses tell us we are all the same in God's eyes. Man, woman, Jew, Greek, slaves, free, it doesn't matter. There is no difference as far as our Father in heaven is concerned. The saying "Birds of a feather, flock together" is just as true for humans as it is for our winged friends. We tend to congregate and help those who are like us. It's not necessarily an evil thing, but when we're unwilling to help and love those who are different, when we judge them because of their differences and refuse to realize they are beloved children of the Almighty God, we are not living in the fullness of what God created us to be.Noah would have been expected to nurture other doves or pigeons, perhaps even other birds. But instead he reached out to some unlikely recipients of his love. I think the most surprising to me was the deer with two broken legs. To see him there at the deer's head while she lay there in the grass was touching. To a bird, a deer of any size would normally be scary or at least intimidating. But Noah didn't allow the size or reputation of the breed stop him from being a friend.Who does God need you to nurture? What wounded, lost or orphaned human creature has God called you to befriend? It needn't be a physical wound or navigationally lost. The emotionally wounded and spiritually lost need us at least as much (if not more) than those with broken legs and arms.So, learn from Noah. You can't do everything, but you can do something. So overlook the differences in others and be a Noah in someone's life!
Photos can be found at Wild Rose Rescue Ranch
Another Inspirational Animal Story
- Things are Looking Up for Bunker the Sandhill Crane
An injured sandhill crane is showing just how adaptable these beautiful birds can be. This story, much like Noah's, will touch your heart!