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The pigeon that won hearts globally

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Quickly, Celli-Bird, a 67-year-old building inspector with a calm attitude of an officer outside Melbourne’s southeast, appeared on national breakfast television and was quoted in BBC breaking news. Washington post And New York Times..

He says he was confused at first and then exhausted. “I thought,’It’s just out of control.'”

What Celli-Bird didn’t expect was that he warned the Australian Quarantine Inspection Authority on Thursday that he needed to euthanize Joe as an unlicensed foreign animal. ..

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said that if Joe violated our biosecurity measures, it would be “unlucky” and “we could go home or face the consequences.” However, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley urged the federal government to “remove Joe from death row.”

Astonished Cheri Bird (yes, his real name) began to speak out to save the life of his winged friend.

It was the well-named Pigeon Rescue Melbourne (a non-profit bird rescue service) that saved the day.

On Friday, it saw similar leg tags on AQIS, on other weak Australian stray pigeons it took care of, and local pigeon breeders so purely to identify members of their herd. He said that he often buys tags online. In other words, Joe is a local bird.

Pigeon Rescue Melbourne volunteer Kirsten MacLeod says Joe is not a racing pigeon. He is a “Turkish tumbler”, bred to do tricks and does not fly long distances.

Celli-Bird learned from the organizers of the Oregon race that Joe’s color (white and brownish) does not match the color of American birds.

On Saturday, AQIS police sent a text message to Celli-Bird, revoking Joe’s execution order, stating that he was a free bird.

Cheri was relieved. And Joe is at a good ticket gate.

Celli-Bird says Joe wasn’t a pet, but bought a bird seed. The pigeon can bathe his waterscape and potter in the garden as much as he wants.

He is not going to buy a cage. “As long as he is happy to stay there, I will keep him, and if he chooses to take off, he can do that too.”

He attributed the public interest in yarn to a pandemic. “I think a lot of people are getting joy from it after what we have experienced in the last 12 months,” he said.

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Carolyn Webb is a reporter for The Age.

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