Category: Weird Articles
Published on Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
Numerous cases of distressed Russians reporting about bizarre pigeon behavior have emerged in Moscow. The locals have started calling the birds “zombie pigeons” after a strange change was observed in the birds; they are seemingly lethargic and fearless.
“When I walk to work I usually see pigeons running and jumping around. But recently they haven’t been reacting to anything at all,” Umid, a Moscow resident said. “When a person walks past them, they used to fly away. But now they just sit there in a kind of funk and don’t even pay attention to you. They’re just not normal.”
“I’ve seen some pigeons behaving very strangely, turning around in circles,” Umid added.
While the locals label them “zombie pigeons”, the officials refer to them jokingly as “the pecking dead”. The officials suggested that the pigeons’ odd mannerisms could stem from a combination of an intestinal infection that has left a large number of pigeons dead over the last few years, and various other parasite-based diseases.
Distraught Muscovites in the hundreds have taken to Twitter to share stories about the living dead birds, branding the peculiar epidemic a “bird apocalypse”.
One Twitter user alleged to have seen a pigeon lose its balance and falling through an open window frame. Most of the other Twitter users typically mention the birds resting their beaks on the ground or walking round in circles.
Moscow’s deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov made a statement probably in an attempt to alleviate fear among the people that the pigeons’ strange behavior is harmless and their intestinal disease cannot be contacted by humans.
Mayor Pechatnikov claim contradicts the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Unit who believes that the birds are most likely suffering from Newcastle disease – a highly contagious illness that can cause eye infections and flu-like symptoms in people.
Russia’s Vetinary Committee claims that lesions on the dead birds’ livers and intestines seem to indicate salmonella poisoning, which can, of course, also be passed to humans.
In the meantime, locals have been advised to steer clear of any pigeon behaving oddly and to make a report to the local authorities if they come across a dead bird.
Russia’s chief health inspector Gennady Onishchenko, who just recently banned Ukrainian chocolate from being imported into the country citing it as a potential health hazard, said the country has no plans to investigate the reports.
“In the hands of Pablo Picasso a pigeon became an embodiment of peace… but in fact, in a sanitary sense, they are one of the dirtiest stupidest birds there are,” Mr Onishchenko revealed his repulsion and prejudice towards the grey, winged critter.