EbeneInfo – USA – A pigeon survived a 13th000 kilometer journey from Oregon to Australia Authorities plan to kill it

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14th January 2021 / 6:39 a.m.
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A carrier pigeon has an exceptional 8Survived 000 mile Pacific Ocean crossing from US to find new home in Australia Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it

Kevin Celli-Bird said Thursday that he spotted the exhausted bird that arrived at his backyard in Melbourne in December 26 had disappeared from a race in the US State of Oregon on Oct. 29 experts suspect the pigeon that Celli-Bird Joe named after the US The president-elect drove across the Pacific in a cargo ship

Joe’s feat has caught the attention of the Australian media, but also the notoriously strict Australian quarantine and inspection service

« They say if it comes from America then they are concerned about avian disease » he said « They wanted to know if I can help them. I said » To be honest, I can’t catch it, I can inside of 500 mil (millimeters or 20 inches) of it and then it moves’ « 

The Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for biosecurity, said the pigeon should « not be allowed to stay in Australia » because it « could put Australia’s food security and our wild bird populations at risk »

« It poses a direct biosecurity risk to Australian bird life and our poultry industry, » read a statement from the division

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

Given 50 hours to leave Australia, the dogs made it in a chartered jet

Pigeons are an uncommon sight in Celli-Bird’s backyard in the Officer suburb, where Australian native pigeons are far more common

« It rocked at our place on Boxing Day. I got a fountain in the back yard and he had something to drink and wash up with. He was pretty emaciated, so I chopped up a dry biscuit and left it outside for him, » said Celli- Bird

« The next day he was rocking again by our water feature so I went out to look at him because he was pretty weak and he didn’t seem scared of me and I saw that he had a blue ribbon on his leg Obviously it belongs to someone so I managed to catch it, « he added

Celli-Bird, who says he has no interest in birds « other than my last name », said he could no longer catch the pigeon with his bare hands because it had regained its strength

He said the Oklahoma-based American Racing Pigeon Union had confirmed Joe was registered with an owner in Montgomery, Alabama

Celli-Bird said he tried to contact the owner but has not gotten through it

The bird spends every day in the backyard and sometimes sits side by side with a local pigeon on a pergola. Celli-Bird has been feeding it pigeon food within a few days of its arrival

« I think he just decided that since I gave him something to eat and he has a place to drink that is at home, » he said

Brad Turner, secretary of the Australian National Pigeon Association, said he had heard of cases of Chinese carrier pigeons on board cargo ships reaching Australia’s west coast, a far shorter journey

Turner said there were real fears that pigeons from the United States could transmit exotic diseases and he agreed that Joe should be destroyed

« While it sounds harsh to the normal person – they would hear this and say, ‘this is cruel’ and everything else – I would think you’d find the AQI … it and those kind of people would wholeheartedly support the idea, « Turner said, referring to the quarantine service

It is claimed that the largest long-haul flight recorded by a pigeon began in Arras, France, and ended in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1931, according to Pigeonpedia, the distance was 11600 kilometers and took 24 days

A few cases of long-haul flights are known, but it is not known whether these are one-off flights performed by the marathon runners of the pigeon world, or performances that could be achieved by the average pigeon

First published on 14 January 2021 / 6:39 a.m.

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