Final month, a long-dead pigeon was one in all eight animals who acquired an Animals in Warfare and Peace Medal of Bravery award throughout a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The chicken, named G.I. Joe, was credited with saving the lives of greater than greater than 100 allied troopers throughout World Warfare II, by flying greater than 20 miles to ship a message that stopped a deliberate bombing. A second pigeon, the late Cher Ami, was additionally honored with a posthumous award for her personal message-delivering efforts throughout World Warfare I.
In the meantime, in Las Vegas, any individual is attaching miniature cowboy hats to a variety of pigeons which might be nonetheless very a lot alive. A Vegas resident named Bobby Lee posted a video of the birds and their tiny crimson hats to Fb. “Fuckin’ birds have hats on bro,” he stated within the clip. “What the fuck?”
A silent model of the video was shared on Twitter by Las Vegas Domestically. “There are penalties to legalizing marijuana,” it wrote. The pigeons had been reportedly seen close to Tropicana Avenue and Maryland Parkway within the metropolis.
The replies ranged from “Previous City Street” content material (“I received the pigeons within the again/Pigeon coop is hooked up”) to (most likely not critical) speculation about whether or not it had been performed by the Nationwide Finals Rodeo, which is at the moment happening within the metropolis.
However many individuals had been simply involved in regards to the pigeons themselves, about whether or not the hats had been glued their heads, and whether or not or not the birds could possibly be in any hazard due to it.
A nonprofit pigeon rescue known as Lofty Hopes is making an attempt to reply these questions—and it is looking for the hat-wearing pigeons within the course of. “We simply know of the 2 pigeons that had been seen within the video, two out of 4,” Mariah Hillman, the group’s co-founder advised VICE. “However taking a look at that video, it needs to be glue [keeping the hats on the birds’ heads]. I do not see any string, so it needs to be glue. That is simply dumb.”
Hillman stated that she hoped the hats would possibly’ve been hooked up with eyelash glue or another form of short-term adhesive, however the birds had been noticed—with hats—on Monday afternoon, which makes her assume that is not the case. “If the hats are nonetheless on, it is most likely superglue,” she stated. “It is form of loopy.”
Hillman stated that she’s fearful that the hats may have an effect on the pigeons’ means to fly, or their shiny colours may entice predators. She’s additionally involved that the birds may’ve been separated from their mates or their chicks by whoever force-hatted them. “They might’ve needed to have trapped the pigeons to have performed it,” she stated. “Pigeons mate for all times, so if one was eliminated, this could possibly be breaking apart households or leaving infants to starve. Additionally, there isn’t any manner of figuring out whether or not they had been launched again in the identical space the place they had been caught.”
This is not the group’s first pigeon search-and-rescue: Lofty Hopes has saved racing pigeons whose post-race plans would’ve in any other case included loss of life, in addition to rescuing cage-raised doves which have been launched throughout marriage ceremony ceremonies and are not outfitted to outlive within the wild. (It additionally takes in child pigeons which have fallen from their nests, and feral pigeons that should be rehabilitated.)
For now, she’s simply hoping that they will discover the birds and take away the hats. “We will use oil to un-attach glue, like when a rat will get caught in a sticky lure,” she stated. “However then they’ve grease on them. It’s going to most likely take some time to get [the glue] off, whether or not they molt or we take away it.”
Pigeons will be sensible, loyal, courageous—conflict heroes, even. However there’s most likely a purpose they did not have some form of medal glued to their our bodies whereas they had been alive.