A bedazzled pigeon has turned up at an Arizona bird rescue, and now the search has begun for the owners of this fashion-conscious flapper.
Throughout history, pigeons have been used by humans for many purposes. They were bred to send messages over long distances, used during religious ceremonies, and sometimes even eaten.
And despite a reputation that accuses pigeons of being rats with wings, they’ve also been domesticated as pets. And like all pets, they’ve also been given tiny little garments to make them look all pretty and stuff.
Although it’s still surprising to find a pigeon wearing a bedazzled vest.
A young male pigeon wearing a rhinestone-studded vest was found in Glendale, Arizona last week. After being rescued, he was taken to Fallen Feathers Bird Rescue in nearby Peoria for safekeeping.
After arrival, Fallen Feathers director Jody Kieran noticed an interesting addition that you don’t normally find on a pigeon: a sequin-coated flight suit.
Believe it or not, bird flight suits actually exist, but rather than being strictly for fashion, they’re more intended to be used by companion birds that will have to be taken out into public places. Some birds can be housebroken, but usually not pigeons, and you’re definitely not going to ingratiate yourself by leaving pigeon droppings everywhere.
Pigeon flight suits are cheap, too. You can get one for as low as $26.99 at Flight Quaters.com.
But back to our bedazzling bird. Kieran posted a picture of the young male pigeon and his colorful vest to the Fallen Feathers Facebook page, hoping to get the word out and find the pigeon’s owner. One Facebook user suggested that Kieran contact the vest’s supplier to see if they know the owner, but sadly, pigeon vests are actually more popular than anyone would believe, and so that proved to be a dead end.
We don’t know the pigeon’s name, but in an interview with Arizona Central, we found out he loves TV and prefers Westerns to anything else.
"He's very friendly and fits on your finger," Kieran told AZ Central.
Fallen Feathers will keep him for a month, and if the owner isn’t found he’ll go up for adoption.