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Florida City Reinstates Pigeon Keeping

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On your mark, get set….MAKE BABIES!!!

The city of Hialeah has reinstated the once outlawed practice of pigeon keeping.

The practice is popular in the Cuban community, who raise pigeons for

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We Wanna See Your Baby Peacock Pigeon, Colchester Zoo!

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Number one: This pigeon is GORGEOUS!!!

Number two: We want one STAT!!!

Violet and Ozzy, two fantabulicious Victoria crowned pigeons, hatched a healthy chick in early June, their first child.

The surprising stat on these beautiful birdies?

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Pigeon Working Out On Escalator

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Sometimes you just get lucky.

And these people were lucky enough to happen to catch a pigeon at a mall, going for a run on a makeshift treadmill.

Check out the above video to see a pigeon working out on an escalator.

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Elisabetta Canalis Saves A Pigeon

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Even though she's no longer on Dancing with the Stars, Elisabetta Canalis has been finding ways to fill her time.

Like saving a pigeon.

She tweeted:

"@ChoMatic just found a pigeon in the middle of the street. A cat bited him … I'm going to see a vet later to know if he is ok and if he can fly away."

With the help of a vet from Wildlife Care of Ventura County in California, he bird was recovering well. Canalis wrote:

"Igor looks better today! He wishes you guys good morning."

She really does care about the animals. So those PETA ads were more than just an excuse to get nekkid! LOLz!

[Image courtesy Elisabetta Canalis.]

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Escaped Peacock Flies Back To NYC Zoo

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Well, that was quick.

The Peacock that escaped form the Central Park Zoo last night flew back to his home this afternoon.

Is life as a free bird was short, but at least it lasted longer than Hugh Hefner!

Maybe he wanted to show the pigeons what a REAL bird looks like. We're sure they're soopa jealous.

Check out the video to see the fabulous bird showing off on 5th ave!

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Mike Tyson In OK!

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Mike Tyson won't stop talking about birds!

The boxer just wrapped his pigeon racing show for Animal Planet, revealing:

“I don’t know why I was fascinated with pigeons at a young age.”

He goes on to say:

“Maybe because I didn’t have any friends and I could be myself around them and not be judged for anything. My family understands the sentiment I have for my birds and they know the peace they give to me.”

Aw. That's actually sweet Ty!

[Image via Christopher Ameruoso]

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How Are Pigeons So Good At Navigation?

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Pigeon Smell Direction

Did you know pigeons are considered the most intelligent bird?

It's their incredible ability to navigate that makes the bird most impressive.

An interesting fact about pigeons is that even if they are released thousands of miles away from their home, they will return back to their roost.

So, what is it that makes them navigate so accurately? Do they follow road signs or do they navigate by use of the earth’s magnetic field?

A study was conducted using a flock of 31 pigeons were selected that had been hand-raised in Pisa, Italy. Scientists inserted small, rubbery plugs into either their left or right nostril. When these pigeons were released 42 km away from their home, they managed to come back safely. But the ones with their left nostril plugged made it back much faster.

This finding suggests that pigeons rely mainly on their distinctive olfactory sense and their ability to recognize odors when they navigate.

Their sense of direction is special - but something humans should not take advantage of.

[Image via WENN.]

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