Pebbles was first found as a fledgling in a local garden, Sarah Carter, founder of Twala Trust, told The Dodo. "She was injured and had a mite infestation so severe it caused her to lose most of her feathers," Carter said. Her extreme appearance often makes people think Pebbles is a bird of prey, rather than her actual species, a dove - which is nearly impossible to guess at first glance.
"We recently had a volunteer who came to ask me what he should feed the baby vulture," Carter wrote on Facebook. "I had a blank moment and then knew exactly who he was referring to."
When Fraser first met Pebbles in the sanctuary's aviary, it was truly a case of love at first sight. Fraser, who was abandoned by his previous family after after they moved, was eager to find companionship in the rescued dove.