Pigeon won't leave autistic woman after she saves her life
- Can a pigeon change your life?
ASH: My little towel baby.
So nice and snuggly.
- For Ash, a woman with autism, the answer is a resounding yes.
Years ago, she spotted a helpless baby pigeon lying on the ground. The baby pigeon's parents were nowhere in sight, and she was at risk of being trampled by horses nearby. Ash decided she'd save Geraldine's life and then release her later. She fed her, kept her warm, and made her feel safe.
Since then, Ash has tried to release Geraldine, but she keeps coming back. And Geraldine has become a part of the family.
Ash and Geraldine have formed an extraordinary loving bond. Geraldine has also helped Ash with her anxiety about meeting new people and going to new places. Accompanying Ash to various activities, Geraldine has given her the confidence to enjoy new experiences. Ash wants people to know that pigeons are intelligent and beautiful creatures. She likens Geraldine to a toddler that loves to explore but stays close to mom.
ASH: Come here. Woo hoo hoo! Yay! Good girl.
- She also loves to be Ash's shadow, which means waking up in the middle of the night can bring surprises. Ash says she's been around a lot of animals in her life but never had a connection like she has with Geraldine, a relationship between two different species built entirely on love and trust.