When Kail Marie saved a baby pigeon years ago, she had no idea she’d end up with a new family member.
“Currently, she is on my pillow waiting for me to get out of bed,” Marie told The Dodo on Tuesday morning.
The pigeon, now named Solomah, was first brought to Marie five years ago.
She was just a baby pigeon and had been found on the ground all alone when she should have still been in her nest. Marie — who runs Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas — was happy to help save the little pigeon’s life.
Once she grew stronger and older, Solomah joined others like her in Marie’s barn.
“She has been with an outside flock of feral pigeons that live in our barn all this time,” Marie said.
But that changed recently.
Last week a hawk started circling the barn, and perhaps that specter is why Solomah decided she had had enough of outside life.
“Next thing I know she flew in the front door when I came home and has refused to leave,” Marie said.
As with many family members, Solomah has little respect for Marie’s privacy, as evidenced Tuesday morning when Marie got out of bed at Solomah’s urging — only to be followed.
“Earlier she followed me into the bathroom while I took a shower,” Marie said.
Considering Marie is something of a bird whisperer, she’s fine with Solomah staying by her side.
And even though Marie runs a parrot sanctuary, she actually has a particular kind of soft spot for pigeons.
“Pigeons were my very first bird love,” Marie explained. “When I was little, my grandmother used to take me to the city to feed the wild pigeons … One of my fondest memories!”
Respecting Solomah’s recent decision to be a house pigeon, Marie followed up with the necessary veterinary appointments to make sure it’s safe to keep her indoors.
“The vet quarantined her ’til all her bloodwork and labs came back clear,” Marie said. “She is now a permanent house pigeon!”
Solomah has naturally taken to her new habitat as if she’s always been a house pigeon.
“She wants nothing to do with being outside and has bonded with us,” Marie said.
Solomah has learned that the indoors are full of things to perch on, from ceiling fans to cabinets to open laptops — all vantage points from which she can keep a close watch on the woman who saved her.
“She acts like she has always lived inside,” Marie said. “I am completely amazed!”
You can help Marie care for all of Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary’s special residents — even this pigeon — by making a donation.