Man, a rat and a racing pigeon…

The vast majority of people think that specimens other than man have no brains, no feelings, and are available for their needs. Two examples:

‘Magawa the hero rat retires from job detecting landmines’.

I hope that he will not be discarded (euthanised) now that he has outlived his usefulness.

Yesterday a white pigeon sat on my roof for a long time, looking very lost. I initially thought that it had escaped from a cage in someone’s garden but after taking some photographs and zooming in onto its legs I saw that it was ringed. A racing pigeon, exploited by man. Eventually it flew off for a while but returned.

So the dilemma was, should I try to find the owner of the pigeon or should I let nature dictate and it might not survive. The three resident doves in my garden would not have made it welcome. I contacted various organisations and was told that I needed the number on the band around its leg so that it could be identified. I couldn’t climb onto the roof so I tried to entice it with some food and water so that I could catch it, but to no avail.

A little later it had gone.

Maybe I will see it again today and someone might be able to identify it from the photographs. It will once again become a prisoner of man. Or an even better thought, is that it will remain free as it should be and survive.

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