You would think that a little pigeon that had a narrow escape after being pinned down and half eaten by a bird of prey would just sit in a corner and wait to die. Well, not this one, it was bravely wandering in a street optimistically looking for food when it was unlucky enough to encounter what I can only describe as a group of neds who set about tormenting it and, bizarrely, throwing cartons of curry at it!?!
Did the little bird throw in the towel I hear you ask? Well not exactly, it made good it’s escape and despite being unable to fly, was fortunate enough to be rescued by some children who must have had strong hearts and stomachs because the little pigeon was not only covered in vindaloo but had also sustained horrible injuries to it’s wings and body. Nevertheless, they picked it up and took it to the local vet who in turn tried her best to clean it up before ringing us here at the SHU Office.
When I contacted local fancier Mr Drummond he kindly agreed to go along to pick it up from the Vets and care for it in his loft where it could be among other pigeons. We hoped that being in a familiar environment would help its recovery. He reported that Korma was eating, drinking and cheerfully fitting in despite its condition so he was hopeful that it would soon be back on it’s feet. Korma’s owner, F Mitchell got in touch with Mr Drummond and they agreed that if it recovered Mr Drummond would keep the bird. Photographs sent by the Drummonds revealed some of the bird’s injuries (and the resultant staining from the curry throwing), it was a sorry sight but this little pigeon’s spirit was strong and it was still cheerful and trusting of humans despite the ordeal it had been through. I named it “Korma” (for obvious reasons) but also because it sounds a bit like “Karma” and that fitted with the bird’s resilience and good natured character. What a pity it hadn’t found it’s way into the garden of one of the hundreds of kind non-fanicers that report lost pigeons to us every year.
I had hoped that there would be a happy end to the tale with Korma going on to recover and race again or at least produce winning offspring but it was not to be. Sadly Mr Drummond has telephoned to let me know the little bird lost its brave fight, the injuries sustained to it’s wings were more severe than first realized and although it had been eating and drinking, some other infection or internal injury was too much for it in the end. What a sad reflection on society that there are people amongst us that don’t give a second thought to inflicting suffering on defenseless creatures. I wonder if the animal welfare organizations would prosecute in cases where you could prove who committed the act or if they don’t consider our racing pigeons to be in the same category as a kitten or a puppy?
Anyway, the neds clearly took pleasure in their actions so it has to be hoped that these “heroes” don’t dish out the same treatment to their fellow humans.