Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Racing pigeons mysteriously disappearing

Posted on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
Racing pigeons are allegedly vanishing without a trace during routine flights in parts of the UK.

On the Scottish Borders 232 pigeons were released from Galashiels but only 18 managed to make it back to Thirsk. Pigeon fanciers are losing so many of their birds that some have seen their racing stock plummet to less than half over the space of two weekends. While unusual weather patterns and birds of prey have accounted for some losses in the past, nothing seems to account for the sheer scale of the losses this time.

"The weather at the weekend was fine and although birds of prey will kill a few and scare many others, that can't be the single reason either," said Ian Noble, president of the Scottish Homing Union. "We've had problems before with birds going missing, but this is by far the worst I've come across."

"Hundreds of racing pigeons from clubs throughout Scotland vanished at the weekend in mysterious circumstances."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News


  Discuss: View comments (16)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 26 August, 2012, 15:28
I think I know where they can be found: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Pigeon_pie lol, I was thinking a long the lines of them wandering aimlessly into traffic since pigeons aren't the brightest birds, but pigeon pie is better.
Comment icon #8 Posted by chained on 26 August, 2012, 15:46
well ive filmed 1 in my garden in cambridge england i cant quite make out its ring numbers on its legs but take a look and see if its 1 of the lost pigeons theres a few videos of it on https://www.youtube.com/user/chainsore/videos heres 1 of them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J43-rltAbF4&feature=plcp
Comment icon #9 Posted by Idano on 26 August, 2012, 16:11
Pigeons gone native....new video? I can't beleive no one said they just "flew the coop"
Comment icon #10 Posted by ealdwita on 26 August, 2012, 16:28
That reminds me, there's game pie for supper tonight. Yum!
Comment icon #11 Posted by schizoidwoman on 26 August, 2012, 19:49
Poor wee pigeons!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Darkwind on 26 August, 2012, 20:16
I wonder if they are being poisoned by accident or on purpose.
Comment icon #13 Posted by 27vet on 27 August, 2012, 8:45
Monty Python might have an explanation.
Comment icon #14 Posted by chained on 27 August, 2012, 11:25
well ive filmed 1 in my garden in cambridge england i cant quite make out its ring numbers on its legs but take a look and see if its 1 of the lost pigeons theres a few videos of it on https://www.youtube.com/user/chainsore/videos heres 1 of them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J43-rltAbF4&feature=plcp
Comment icon #15 Posted by libstaK on 27 August, 2012, 11:55
Could be one of those evolutionary leaps where they just all realised via "global pigeon consciousness" that they don't have to go back to those nasty bipeds that keep them locked in cages.
Comment icon #16 Posted by margie1 on 27 August, 2012, 16:23
Maybe if such selfish people would stop 'racing' pigeons this wouldnt happen! As usual its all about making money out of an animal, no-one gives a crap about what harm is actually coming to them, more concerned about being out of pocket! Id love to strap a number around their leg and start racing them losers see how far they get...selfish pigs!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
'Orange UFO' sighted over Somerset, England
8-22-2017
The peculiar aerial phenomenon was captured on camera by Jeremy Le Fevre on Saturday evening.
Plasma heating method offers fusion boost
8-22-2017
Scientists have developed a new way of heating fusion plasmas inside tokamak nuclear fusion reactors.
What did the eclipse look like from space ?
8-22-2017
NASA and other agencies have been posting up photographs and videos of yesterday's total solar eclipse.
Mystery microbe may be key to origin of viruses
8-21-2017
The microorganism was discovered in the lakes of the Rauer Islands off the coast of Antarctica.
Other news in this category
Rare white 'spirit moose' filmed in Sweden
Posted 8-15-2017 | 7 comments
The incredibly rare moose was captured on camera by councilman Hans Nilsson in Sweden's Varmland county....
 
Goldfish are able to create their own alcohol
Posted 8-14-2017 | 10 comments
Scientists have discovered how goldfish are able to survive for months in ice-covered ponds and lakes....
 
New species of snake discovered in the UK
Posted 8-7-2017 | 11 comments
The find brings the total number of distinct snake species in the British Isles from three to four....
 
'Zombie virus' causes caterpillars to explode
Posted 8-4-2017 | 16 comments
A peculiar virus has been causing caterpillars in the UK to incinerate themselves in bright sunlight....
 
Great white shark bites underwater camera
Posted 8-3-2017 | 3 comments
A new science video has revealed what the view is like inside the mouth of a gargantuan great white....
 
Conjoined bat twins discovered in rainforest
Posted 7-28-2017 | 2 comments
The extremely rare find is one of only a few examples of conjoined twins ever seen outside of humans....
 
Giant black swan once roamed New Zealand
Posted 7-26-2017 | 4 comments
Scientists have found evidence of a huge, hulking semi-flightless swan that went extinct 500 years ago....
 
New species of giant sunfish discovered
Posted 7-24-2017 | 6 comments
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years....
 
Water bears could survive the apocalypse
Posted 7-16-2017 | 14 comments
Scientists have identified a microscopic species capable of surviving almost any cataclysmic event....
 
Ants build towers out of their own bodies
Posted 7-15-2017 | 4 comments
A new study has revealed the amazing way in which fire ants cling together to form living towers....
 
Sea spiders pump blood using their guts
Posted 7-11-2017 | 1 comment
With bodies consisting almost entirely of legs, these undersea arthropods are truly bizarre creatures....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ