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Highway exit blocked for hours by "homing pigeons"

A Florida highway exit had to be closed for three hours after 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck and refused to move! They quickly became a serious threat posing a hazard to motorists.

The crate carrying the 100 homing pigeons fell off the truck late Tuesday near Daytona Beach.
And because birds roost at night, the pigeons stayed on the road until bright lights from vehicles startled them, which then caused them to fly into the air!

"It's the worst-case scenario - homing pigeons that can't find their home," the news release said.

Sheriff's deputies, state troopers, and animal service workers attempted to capture the pigeons, ultimately recovering 73 of them. The birds weren't banded so their owner wasn't immediately determined.

"Our job is to help animals find their way home, whether they're covered in fur, scales, or in this case feathers," said Volusia County Animal Control Officer Alicia Dease. "We're hoping someone out there might have information on where these birds came from or the truck that was carrying them."

We hope the pigeons make their way back home safely.


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