A pigeon that flew off course during a U.S. pigeon race is set to be ‘put to sleep’ by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
The bird, who goes by the name Joe, was racing in Oregon when it took a wrong turn, crossed the Pacific Ocean and landed in the back yard of Melbourne resident Kevin Celli-Bird. That’s right, the man who found Joe has the word ‘Bird’ in his name.
‘He was pretty emaciated,’ Celli-Bird told the AP, ‘so I crushed up a dry biscuit and left it out there for him.’
Joe’s journey to Melbourne took two months, and you can only imagine the things he saw on his 15,000 km odyssey. Perhaps he met a whale.
Sadly, though, Joe’s adventures are coming to an end now as his presence in Australia presents a biosecurity risk. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Joe’s exciting life will be ending today.
‘Regardless of its origin, any domesticated bird that has not met import health status and testing requirements is not permitted to remain in Australia,’ a department spokesperson said in a statement. ‘The only possible outcome to manage the biosecurity risk is humane destruction of the bird.’
Joe’s DBCB (Death By Cinder Block) is scheduled for lunchtime today.