Woman Rescues Pigeon on a Night Out in Heartwarming Video: 'He Chose You'

A woman who saved a bird in its hour of need has warmed hearts online after sharing her story on TikTok.

Hannah—who uses the TikTok handle realvintagedollshouse—shared the video on Thursday telling the story.

In the video, which now has more than 180,000 views, she explained that the pigeon had suddenly decided to sit on her lap during a trip to the pub. After sitting with her for over three hours, Hannah found out that people had been kicking and throwing the bird around.

Woman rescues pigeon after night out
A shot of the pigeon getting aquatinted with his surroundings in the garden, left, and a picture of Hannah with her new bird friend, right. The story of how the woman rescued the pigeon after a night out has melted hearts. realvintagedollshouse/TikTok

Disorientated, the bird had wandered into the pub where he found Hannah. Even falling asleep on her at one point, she knew she could not leave the exhausted bird alone and took him home—unsure if he would make it through the night.

Footage from the next morning showed the bird alive and well in a small carrier in the shed. Seeming tame and with no tags, by day two he was more mobile and confident. Hannah and the bird continued to bond, with him sitting on her shoulders and even flying over when called.

"So sweet. He chose you now." wrote one TikTok user. "But I'd take him to a vet and get him checked out."

"You are now a Disney princess," said another commenter.

There are 12 species of pigeons and doves in the U.S. and Canada. Most common is the rock pigeon, found in urban areas, farmland, and rocky cliffs—there are an estimated 8.4 million pigeons across the U.S. and Canada.

Studies have shown that the pigeon is actually one of the most intelligent birds in the world. A 1995 study by Japanese researchers found that the birds could successfully learn to discriminate differences between paintings by Monet and Picasso. While a 2015 study by a group of American researchers tested the visual abilities of the birds. The research found that pigeons were able to look at radiology images and find the differences between pictures of malignant and benign tissue samples—something that human professionals go through years of specialized training to achieve.

Another viewer who claimed to be a wildlife conservationist wrote: "Keep him. They were bred to be domesticated."

Hannah told Newsweek: "I have decided to keep him and I am just in the process of getting him a cage."

"Pigeons are actually not wild animals and make great pets," said another commenter.

In fact, archeological evidence points to the human use of pigeons as a food source as far back as 10,000 years ago—although it isn't known if this entailed domesticated. There are also records of Ancient Egyptians using pigeons for ceremonial and culinary purposes at least 4,000 years ago.

By the 17th century, the popularity of owning pigeons had boomed in Europe where domestic breeds were common. Commonly seen in urban areas, the wild pigeon faces many hazards including habitat loss, window collisions, and lead poisoning from injecting shotgun pellets. Things can be particularly tough for the common rock pigeon who are sometimes viewed as pests and directly targeted by humans.

Other TikTok users were heartbroken by the story of cruelty that the animal had faced. "It makes me sick and angry that people were treating this living creature so cruelly. So evil," wrote one commenter. Another viewer said: "I can't believe how many people he came across who were hurting him before he came across you. Thank you for taking him in."