Australian authority is planning to kill a Unites States racing pigeon that coped to survive a massive 8,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean. Now officials consider the bird a quarantine threat and intend to kill it. The bird allegedly went missing during a race in Oregon (US State) in late October, before appearing in Melbourne almost two months later.
Experts believe the pigeon that Celli-Bird has named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, yoked a ride on a cargo ship to cover the Pacific. Joe’s feat has drawn the attention of the Australian media, which has a blue lace tied to it but also of the disreputably strict Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Melbourne occupant Kevin Celli-Bird says he discovered the pigeon in his back garden on 26th December. Celli-Bird said quarantine officials called him on Thursday to ask him to capture the bird. “He was pretty withered so I threw a dry biscuit and left it out there for him,” he told the AP news channel.
The bird has not yet been seized, although the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment states it will have to be put down because of the danger of contamination to local birds.
The Agriculture Division, which is in control of biosecurity, said the pigeon was “not allowed to remain in Australia” because it “could negotiate Australia’s food security and our wild bird populations.”
“It sets a straight biosecurity hazard to Australian birdlife and our poultry industry,” the agriculture department statement said.
While it is conceivable to lawfully bring pigeons into Australia, the procedure is tough and can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and none have been legally imported from the U.S. in over a decade.
Celli-Bird said he had tried to connect the owner but had so far been incapable to get through.
It is alleged the highest long-distance flight verified by a pigeon is one that started at Arras in France and finished in Saigon, Vietnam, back in the year 1931. The distance was 7,200 miles (11,600 kilometers) and took 24 days.