The Times, Wednesday, Oct 11, 1826; pg. 3; Issue 13088; col D


A pigeon, belonging to Mr. John PARK, of Long-cleugh-side, in Kirklington, a few
months ago, made her nest in a loft which was much infested with rats, and had
the mortification to see her eggs, and sometimes her unfledged offspring,
destroyed by these midnight prowlers. Her repeated losses induced her at length
to remove her nest to another part of the garret, where a cat had brought forth
three kittens, and which was then vigilantly tending them. Between her and this
quadruped there had subisted for some time an uninterrupted friendship. They
often ate from the same dish, and when the latter took an excursion into the
fields, her feathered companion was frequently observed to be fluttering near
her. With instinctive sagacity the pigeon placed her nest contiguous to the
straw bed of her friend's mewing progeny, and, in this situation, has been able
to rear two broods of pigeons. The pigeon, sensible of the services of her
protector, often evinced her gratitude by a watchful attention to the kittens
during the absence of their mother; and when any hostile foot approached their
habitation, generally made a vigorous attack upon the intruder with her beak and
wings. - Carlisle Patriot.