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I wonder if Pigeons Mourn Their Dead ~ Roger Yates

I had occasion to go to my local post office recently.  On the way I saw a group of pigeons noisily contesting pieces of bread that had been thrown out onto the side of the road.  I then realised that, a little removed, one pigeon was dead - but it seemed that none of the others had noticed, or that it meant nothing at all to them.

I thought I had better move the body elsewhere - maybe into a nearby hedge way; somewhere out of the roadside at least.  However, I decided to head to the post office first since it was close to closing time.  I returned less than ten minutes later and the noisy pigeons had gone - or so I thought.

I noticed that the dead pigeon was still lying near the curb and much of the bread had been left uneaten.  I assumed that the group of pigeons had flown off but then I noticed a telegraph wire above the scene and there they were, each of the pigeons who had been keenly battling for bread a few minutes earlier.  They were perched on the wire, all in the line, and totally silent.  They seemed to be looking down at the dead pigeon in some sort of quiet reflection.

Now, I know many people go potty at this sort of suggestion - but it looked for all the world to me that they were paying their respects in some fashion.

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Comment by blackpanther on January 23, 2011 at 5:29

that makes me think of that post on a mother dog who mourned her dead puppies:

yes, we are the same, one kind!


Comment by Carolyn Bailey on January 22, 2011 at 7:48

Thanks, blackpanther,

It's amazing that some people question the ability of other animals to mourn and grieve and feel love etc. These photos shows they do. It's a really sad sequence of photos. Thansk for sharing them!



Comment by blackpanther on January 22, 2011 at 1:51
here is that sad story.........the swallow definitely seems to mourn her/his companion:
Comment by blackpanther on January 22, 2011 at 1:37
elephants do, so why not pigeons? Someone sent me pictures of a swallow trying to make her/ his friend live again after an accident. She/he stayed next to the dead bird for a while......I'll try to find those pictures.......they're just like us, in my opinion, sad when someone they love dies.......


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