A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia . Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
Last Updated Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:05AM ESTA pigeon perches on a bare tree branch in the San Juan de Aragon Park, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)SHARECANBERRA, AUSTRALIA -- A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
Kevin Celli-Bird said Thursday he discovered that the exhausted bird that arrived in his Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 had disappeared from a race in the U.S. state of Oregon on Oct. 29.Experts suspect the pigeon that Celli-Bird has named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific.
Joe's feat has attracted the attention of the Australian media but also of the notoriously strict Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.Celli-Bird said quarantine authorities called him on Thursday to ask him to catch the bird."They say if it is from America, then they're concerned about bird diseases," he said. "They wanted to know if I could help them out. I said, 'To be honest, I can't catch it. I can get within 500 mil (millimeters or 20 inches) of it and then it moves."' headtopics.com
He said quarantine authorities were now considering contracting a professional bird catcher.The quarantine service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In 2015, the government threatened to euthanize two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, after they were smuggled into the country by Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Faced with a 50-hour deadline to leave Australia, the dogs made it out in a chartered jet.Pigeons are an unusual sight in Celli-Bird's backyard in suburban Officer, where Australian native doves are far more common."It rocked up at our place on Boxing Day. I've got a fountain in the backyard and it was having a drink and a wash. He was pretty emaciated so I crushed up a dry biscuit and left it out there for him," Celli-Bird said.
"Next day, he rocked back up at our water feature, so I wandered out to have a look at him because he was fairly weak and he didn't seem that afraid of me and I saw he had a blue band on his leg. Obviously he belongs to someone, so I managed to catch him," he added.
Cellis-Bird, who says he has no interest in birds "apart from my last name," said he could no longer catch the pigeon with his bare hands since it had regained its strength.He said the Oklahoma-based American Pigeon Union had confirmed that Joe was registered to an owner in Montgomery, Alabama. headtopics.com
Celli-Bird said he had attempted to contact the owner, but had so far been unable to get through.The bird spends every day in the backyard, sometimes sitting side-by-side with a native dove on a pergola. Celli-Bird has been feeding it pigeon food from days of its arrival.
"I think that he just decided that since I've given him some food and he's got a spot to drink, that's home," he said.Australian National Pigeon Association secretary Brad Turner said he had heard of cases of Chinese racing pigeons reaching the Australian west coast aboard cargo ships, a far shorter voyage.
It is claimed that the greatest long-distance flight recorded by a pigeon is one that started at Arras in France and ended in Saigon, Vietnam, back in 1931, according to pigeonpedia.com. The distance was 11,600 kilometres (7,200 miles) and took 24 days.
There are some known instances of long-distance flights but whether these are one-offs performed by the marathon runners of the pigeon world or they are feats that could be achieved by the average pigeon is not known. Read more: CTV News »
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Musta heard Trump wasn’t in Australia. Can’t they quarantine it for 2 weeks? Why is this news? 😮 I new that Australia in not a wild country. Now I can see that I was wrong. It is so easy to kill, instead to find a way to save the poor heroical pigeon. I hate you from the bottom of my heart. 1: An officially licensed Racing Pigion is private property of a United States citizen and/or organization, as marked on a leg band. 2: Without testing as evidence, the claim of diseases and agriculture food safety is a draconian fallacy. 3: Australia's publicly damaged itself!
Not a suitable reward for such a valiant effort. Bloody Ridiculous 😡. Yet thousands of people fly from other countries and do not quarantine and spread their diseases. Kill them people!! This kind of humans are sick, you know that they belong anywhere on earth not governed by human jungle? She is a refugee, had enough of the American chaos ! Let her live
Why not just send it back? Congratulations on the great trip of endurance. Can’t a rescue just keep it? Can't they just quarantine the bird? This is terrible. They make a good pie! Australia. Wow,,tough Customs!! Wow, Australia is pretty rough on illegal immigrants. Save the pigeon Why kill it? I hate people And why?
...😱 Are they trying to catch it with their hands like a 4 year old? Use a net. Then send it packing on the return flight. You could not expect less from the nation that also murdered camels. Why? Omg.....😥😭🙏 NewsAlternative This the reason I yearly donate big money to animal help organization and not to organizations helping humans. We simply dont deserve it.
Come on Animals have been transplanting themselves all over the planet since the beginning. Slow news day? Hardly :( It prolly has corona Worst animal is human a way to kill the messenger. According to green new deal anything humans can’t control can be thus killed by humans Killing something for doing something it lives to do. Fly. Capture and release it back where it belongs. Savages.
Catch him and either quarantine him or send him back. Think about it before you kill this little Joe! Fleeing prosecution from last weeks capital building riots I assume. Oh he flew so far! He deserves a reprieve...quarantine? Ship him home? Unfortunately racing pigeon owners are generally horrible evil humans. If it is caught and sent back the owner will likely just kill it for getting lost anyway. Poor little creature is doomed either way.
Humans are the disease Wtf, what did the pigeon do? What did the message say? Up to 10,000 camels were shot and killed during the wildfire last year. Now is pigeon. Very unique way to show your mercy to animals. Ridiculous! There are other options on how to deal with the innocent bird. Fu it should be given a world record.
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Australian authorities say if it is from America, then they're concerned about bird diseases... Seriously - the pigeon travelled 13,000 km and didn’t die from any diseases. Guess it doesn’t have any diseases. Is it a carrier pigeon? This censorship thing is getting out of hand!! why if caused nothing her dont caused nothing dont has an infection
Barbaric Dang bird is a Trumper. It still amazes me how cruel we are to animals, the planet belonged to them before we came and ruined it. He makes that monumental journey and SURVIVES and gets rewarded with death. So sad. Is this an f ing joke Well, we did see what happened with the frogs in the Simpsons episode
Why kill it? Just Send it back. It must have been carrying a message from Trump.