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Mystery as thousands of pigeons disappear

June 29, 2021 | Comment icon 8 comments

The pigeons' disappearance remains a mystery. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 DemonTraitor
Many thousands of racing pigeons have disappeared without a trace after setting off from Peterborough.
Officials were left flummoxed on June 19th when ten thousand pigeons failed to show up at their destination after leaving Peterborough on a routine flight that should have taken just two hours.

"The pigeons were taking part in short races, and most should have been home in a couple of hours," said Ian Evans, chief executive of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA).

"But at a time when we would expect more than 90 per cent home, we only had 10 per cent home."

"We are looking at magnetic field activity, but at the moment there has been no credible explanation as to what happened. We are still scratching our heads."

As the days went on, a small number of the pigeons started showing up all over the place.

Some were found in West Cork, Ireland, while others seemed to be exhibiting unusual scratches. There have even been sightings of the birds as far away as Majorca.

"I've had pigeons for 36 years, and I have never known anything like it," said Evans.

"Something might have happened 50 or 60 years ago, when weather forecasting was not as good, but with the weather forecasting available now, it is unprecedented in modern pigeon racing."

Source: ITV.com | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by bison 11 months ago
I checked the Space Weather website, a highly regarded source of information on the energetic interaction of the Sun and the Earth. Conditions were quiet and no unusual magnetic activity was noted which might explain the pigeons' plight.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 11 months ago
Maybe they encountered a predator that scared them all over the place. Or the group windowed themselves on a skyscraper but in that case, people would have found them with so many missed...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 11 months ago
The bigger mystery, to me, is that pigeon racing is a thing that people are into.
Comment icon #4 Posted by mesuma 11 months ago
the doos and the don'ts
Comment icon #5 Posted by Twin 11 months ago
What pigeons? BURRRRRRP, I didn't see no pigeons.
Comment icon #6 Posted by joc 11 months ago
It has been theorized in the  past by some scientists (google it if you care, I don't) that within the area known as the Bermuda Triangle there are vast amounts of methane gas under the surface...the theory is that from time to time these pockets of gas 'burp' a huge sudden amount of methane...very huge...to the point that the waves from that 'burp' could easily sink a large ship...huge enough that a plane flying through the methane cloud could be brought down.  I don't know how.  Google it if you care, I don't.  And if you don't know how to google something, go to YouTube and watch a How to G... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by theotherguy 11 months ago
Have any of these pigeons shown up in the last week?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 11 months ago
According to the Daily Mail - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9742081/Thousands-racing-pigeons-vanished-UK-start-turn-Ireland.html

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