PICS: Plucked pigeon found with swear word written on his back

2016-09-13 19:43
The pigeon's tail and back feathers were pulled out an a rude word was written on its back. The image was edited to hide the word. (AACL)

The pigeon's tail and back feathers were pulled out an a rude word was written on its back. The image was edited to hide the word. (AACL)

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Port Elizabeth – A pigeon was found on Saturday with its tail and back feathers pulled out and a swear word written on its bare back in red ink.

He was desperately fluttering around, trying to take off when he was spotted by a passer-by.

"When the person got closer he saw the pigeon's feet were tied together with a strip of black plastic," Beverley Rademeyer's Animal Anti-Cruelty ­League (AACL) told Netwerk24.

She said the bird's beak and claws had been coloured in with red, and that a blue circle had been drawn around its eye.

"In my 15 years here, I've never seen anything like this. It is simply cruel; the worst kind of animal abuse."

AACL volunteer Karien van Schalkwyk said the pigeon, otherwise, seemed to be healthy.

The AACL has asked the public to help find the perpetrators.

"We don't know if it is someone's idea of a sick joke or if this is a racing pigeon who lost a race and his owner took revenge," Van Schalkwyk said.

Shane Gerber, a board member of the South African National Pigeon Organisation, said they were shocked by the incident.

"I can't confirm it is a carrier pigeon, but it is not ringed. That would have made things much easier."

Anyone with information about the incident can call the AACL on 041 456 1776.  

The pigeon's beak was coloured in in red and a blue circle was drawn around its eye. (AACL)

A strip of black plastic from a rubbish bag was tied to the pigeon's feet. (AACL)

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