“They are simply two little babies, finding comfort and warmth in each other’s company.” That’s how the Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit in Ireland describes the unlikely friendship that has formed between an orphaned rabbit and pigeon chick that recently came into their care.
The two baby animals arrived separately to their rescue. The rabbit arrived in August and Kildare Animal Foundation wrote on Facebook that “He was so tiny that he still had the remains of umbilical cord attached.” He had a few weeks of touch and go, suffering a prolonged seizure that left him with an unsteady gait.”He was very weak and we honestly didn’t expect him to make it,” said the wildlife rescue. “But he did.”
A few weeks after the baby rabbit was better, a pigeon chick arrived. A woman had found a nest with the chick inside. “In it was a newly hatched chick and an unhatched egg,” wrote Kildare Animal Foundation. “Sadly, the egg was cold and no longer viable, but the little chick appeared to be unharmed from the fall.”
As both animals needed the warmth and comfort of an incubator, and their foster carer only had one, she placed the two animals inside and placed a divide in the middle of it with one baby on either side.
“Both babies fed and settled down down well,” the foundation wrote. “Imagine our foster carer’s surprise when she next checked them and discovered that the divide had been overcome and these two had decided that life together was better than life apart.”
“Ever since, they have curled straight up together after every feed. Neither is out of the woods yet, tiny lives are so delicate at this stage, but they are thriving for now. The comfort of two heartbeats together, of companionship, has crossed the species divide. They are simply two little babies, finding comfort and warmth in each other’s company. Aren’t they just beautiful?”
Little Pidg and bunnies love for each other continues…
This wonderful photo is courtesy of our great volunteer Ann Dillon
A week on, the two’s friendship continues and their healths are improving. Hopes are they will be released back into the wild when they are big and strong. To support Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit and their rescue efforts visit their website.
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