January 11, 2020

The One About the Pigeon and the Hole



The One About the Pigeon and the Hole
The pigeon is not suspected of fowl play. Evgenny Zenkov, E1.ru

Pigeonhole this story for later: Yekaterinburg animal control staff were called to an apartment building after a resident complained of a rustling inside a wall. After punching a hole through said wall, rescuers extricated a live pigeon, who was shocked but no worse for wear. The bird was taken to a veterinarian to ensure its wellbeing.

According to local experts, it is likely the bird was looking to escape from the cold and entered the building via a ventilation duct. It had probably fallen from the attic into the wall, perhaps egged on by a fowl colleague.

Animals in Russia seem to be especially active lately. Pigs have been raiding grocery stores, cats have been arrested for drug-running, and a mischievous snowboarder ruffled the feathers of an alpine wood grouse.

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