This dynamic duo is winning hearts across social media since photos of their sweet friendship went viral this week.
Herman the pigeon was rescued from a car dealership in Hilton, New York one year ago. Since the hapless bird suffers from a neurological condition, he had been left sitting on the pavement for three days before his rescuers realized he was unable to fly.
After wildlife specialists declared Herman untreatable, they prepared to euthanize him—but thankfully, he was saved by Sue Rogers.
Rogers is the founder of The Mia Foundation, a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals with physical defects and deformities.
Over the course of the last year, Rogers has cared for Herman, keeping him in a crib in between daily outings to stimulate his little legs.
More recently, however, Herman was paired with an unlikely roommate: a Chihuahua puppy named Lundy who is unable to move his hind legs due to “swimmer’s syndrome”.
When Lundy’s owners in South Carolina realized that he was disabled, they sent him off to live with the Mia Foundation—and Rogers was stunned by how quickly he befriended his feathered roommate.
Rogers had only briefly placed the two critters together in a bed before they started snuggling. They have since become virtually inseparable.
Furthermore, the foundation has been flooded with thousands of dollars in donations since Rogers posted photos of Herman and Lundy to social media last week.
“I never imagined the pictures of Lundy and Herman would touch so many people! Almost 5 million people in a little over 24 hours!! Their little story is being shared all over the world!” wrote Rogers.
“And thank you also for the donations coming in,” she added. “We really do need them as we have a few surgeries coming up soon! It brings me to tears to think that our little Herman (the pigeon) is known worldwide now! I’ve been called crazy for keeping Herman alive and trying to make his life a happy one. His life has meaning too. And Lundy… well, who wouldn’t love that sweet little nugget?”
Since they story has been shared across the internet, several people have offered to adopt Lundy once his general health is assured—but Rogers now knows that she will be hard-pressed to separate the pup from his new friend in the future.
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