So when a tiny orphaned turkey showed up at the refuge in Nipissing, Ontario, no one expected Umber to leap at the chance to play mother.
But there were no mother turkeys handy at the refuge, and for this baby, just 2 days old, even a sad chicken would do.
So Piebird placed the baby turkey in Umber's nesting area.
"With a little baby on the doorstep, there really no other choice," Piebird says. "But the kind of beauty of it is love is always really well timed."
Suddenly, Umber raised herself up just enough to make a little space beneath her.
Merle clambered under those warm feathers.