When two pigeons were going to be euthanized because they were too injured to be released into the wild, Kail Marie, founder of Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas, opened up her barn to serve as the birds' new living quarters.
"A friend of mine intervened and brought them to me," Marie told The Dodo.
Salome, the female pigeon, had become too bonded to human beings to be wholly independent in the wild.
But then Solomon, the male, came along. "He had a broken wing and it was thought that he would never be able to fly," Marie said. "Both now live in our barn."
"When I took in Solomon, it was love at first sight," Marie said.
The two little lovebirds even became parents.
The two newly hatched pigeons, Thing 1 and Thing 2 — named after Dr. Seuss characters — were born from the happily rescued couple.
When temperatures drop to dangerous levels of cold in Kansas, Marie lends a helping hand — she brings the vulnerable babies inside her home to keep them warm.