A homing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000 kilometer crossing of the Pacific Ocean (8,000 miles) from U.S to find a new home in Australia. Now the authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
Kevin Celli-Bird said Thursday that he discovered that the exhausted bird that arrived in his backyard from Melbourne on December 26 he had disappeared from a career in the US state of Oregon on October 29. Experts suspect that the pigeon that Celli-Bird has called Joe, in honor of the president-elect of U.S, got on a freighter to cross the Pacific.
The feat of Joe has attracted the attention of the Australian media, but also the notoriously strict Australian Inspection and Quarantine Service. Celli-Bird He said quarantine authorities called him Thursday to ask him to catch the bird.
“They say if it’s from America, then they’re worried about bird diseases“, said. “They wanted to know if I could help them. I said, ‘To be honest, I can’t catch her. I can get within 20 inches of her and then she moves“. He noted that quarantine authorities were considering hiring a professional bird hunter.
He Agriculture department, which is responsible for biosecurity, said that to the dove “not allowed to stay in Australia” why “could compromise Australia’s food security and our wild bird populations”. “Represents a direct biosecurity risk to Australian birds and our poultry industry”Said a statement from the department.
In 2015, the government threatened to sacrifice two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, after the star of Hollywood Johnny Depp and his ex wife Amber Heard smuggled them into the country. Faced with 50 hours to exit Australia, the dogs managed to get out on a chartered plane.
Pigeons are an unusual sight in the backyard of Celli-Bird in the suburbs of Officer, where native Australians are much more common. “He shuddered in our house on Boxing Day. I have a fountain in the backyard and it was taking water and washing itself. She was pretty emaciated so I crushed a dry cookie and left it for her“, said Celli-Bird.
“The next day he swayed again in our water fountain so I went out to check on him because he was pretty weak and didn’t seem to be afraid of me and I saw that he had a blue band on his leg. It obviously belongs to someone so I managed to catch it“He added.
Celli-Bird, who says he is not interested in birds “apart from my last name” (bird is bird, in English), said that he could no longer catch the pigeon with his bare hands because he had regained his strength. Said American Racing Pigeon Union, based in Oklahoma, had confirmed that Joe was registered in the name of an owner in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Australian said he had tried to contact the owner, but had so far been unable to do so. The bird spends every day in the backyard, sometimes sitting next to a native pigeon on a pergola. Celli-Bird He has been feeding him pigeon food within a few days of his arrival. “I think he just decided that since I gave him some food and he has a place to drink, that is his home.“, said.
The secretary of the National Pigeon Association of Australia, Brad Turner, said he had heard of cases of Chinese carrier pigeons arriving on the west coast of Australia aboard cargo ships, a much shorter journey. Turner said there were genuine fears that the pigeons of U.S could be carriers of exotic diseases and agreed that Joe it should be executed.
(With AP information).-
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