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."
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Source: BBC News
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