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Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
  • The had disappeared from a race in the U.S. state of Oregon on Oct. 29. Experts suspect the pigeon hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific.
  • The Agriculture Department said the pigeon was not permitted to remain in Australia because it could compromise Australia's food security and wild bird populations.
  • In 2015, the government threatened to euthanize two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, after they were smuggled into the country by Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.