Lihle rescues pigeons from fire

2016-01-21 06:00
Lihle Myeni (9) with his three pigeons after he saved them from fire in Langa.

Lihle Myeni (9) with his three pigeons after he saved them from fire in Langa.

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Lihle Myeni just could not take the thought of losing his three pigeons to hear.

As hungry flames fuelled by strong winds devoured shack after shack in Langa, many residents watched helplessly as their belongings went up in smoke.

During the chaos, however, brave Lihle,9, was running helter skelter too, and at the top of his mind was not the clothing and furniture– but the lives of his three feathered friend, Blacky, Whitey and Sparrow!

The three pigeons were trapped in a cage and he feared the fire would roast them alive.

Luckily for them, Lihle made it just in time, and his pigeons are safely back in his arms.

Lihle, from Langa , told City Vision he’d do anything to save them.

“They’re my friends. I don’t want anything bad to happen to them. When I heard that there was a fire in the block, the only thing I could think of was my pigeons,” he said.

“I lock them up in a cage that stands on top of the house and I knew if I didn’t come to get them they wouldn’t be able to get out and they would die,” said the boy.

“I got my pigeons about a year ago from a white lady and I’ve been taking care of them since then. I would like to get more because I love them.”

He said he heard they chase away bad spirits.

“That makes me love them even more.”

A neighbour, Nozibele Mazisana,47, said: “Lihle doesn’t want to hear anything bad about his pigeons, he likes them too much. Once when he couldn’t find one of them in the cage he cried. He was going around asking people to help him find his pigeon. “I like what he’s doing because it keeps him busy,” said Nozibele. The fire destroyed 85 shacks and left 153 persons displaced. No injuries were reported.

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