Pigeon makes wrong turn in 600 mile race and ends up 5,000 miles away in Canada
A Japanese racing pigeon who was taking part in a 600 mile race across Japan took the wrong turn and ended up in Canada on Vancouver Island. The total distance was over 5,000 miles away.
Rescuers were able to match up the bird with its owner after a tag left on the pigeon’s leg revealed the name and phone number of it’s owner.
The pigeon is now in the safe hands of a rescue centre called Moutainaire Avian Rescue Society and its founder Maj Birch speaking on behalf of it said that ‘When they’re flying around they become dehydrated and weakened,’
‘He may have landed on ships where there was no food, maybe rode on the ship until he felt like he could fly some more.’
However even if the pigeon found a ship, the journey is still a remarkable achievement and shows the extraordinary measures pigeons go to for survival and travel.
The race totalled 1,000 pigeons and only 20% were able to complete it. Surprisingly it was the pigeon’s mother that won the race.
The charity that is now looking after the pigeon hope to "shack up" the young bird with a suitable female in the hopes of breeding a generation of super racing of pigeons.
The pigeons racer Hiroyasu Takasu said that ‘This is a superior pigeon,’
‘I was so relieved he was found alive,’ he said. ‘Birds usually reach their limit in a week, with no food or water.’
Takasu owns about 100 birds but does not want his superstar returning to him as he feels it would be too much to make the return journey! It will therefore live out the rest of its days in peace in Canada.
Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Richard Elzey