By Federico Cornetto
A pigeon that can’t fly and a puppy that can’t walk have formed an adorable relationship at the rescue where they met.
Two-month-old Chihuahua puppy Lundy arrived at the New York-based animal rescue The Mia Foundation in January 2020, from a North Carolina breeder who had noticed the small dog had issues walking.
Lundy, who has mobility problems likely linked to spinal cord damage according to The Mia Foundation’s Sue Rogers, was quick to become friends with one of the rescue’s oldest residents, a pigeon called Herman.
The two animals are now inseparable and are often caught by Sue cuddling together at the rescue’s facilities.
Sue said: “I set Herman on a dog bed and started caring for Lundy, and I decided to carefully put Lundy in the same dog bed next to him.
“They started interacting immediately in a very cute way.”
Sue said that she is now no longer certain Herman is a he, after witnessing the bird’s maternal behaviour towards Lundy.
Whilst Herman is a permanent resident at The Mia Foundation, Sue’s goal is to fix Lundy’s mobility issue with the help of a wheelchair and find an adoptive family for him.
Sue said: “Lundy weighs only one pound now, so we will have to wait for the chair.”
This is a typical case for Sue, who has dedicated her time to helping pets born with birth defects, many of whom would have been euthanized without her intervention.
Sue said: “Our main goal is to take in animals born with birth defects.
“But people also bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes.”