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The Plight of the Pigeon

When I was in San Francisco last Sunday through Tuesday I saw several pigeons with missing toes. I had not seen this before, or at least not so prominently. Elaine said yeah, she sees that all the time. So of course I am curious.

I learned from Google Answers (others asked the same question) that the two main causes of pigeon toe deformities are disease and fishing lines. There is a disease - called a pox by some - that affects the toes and causes deformation eventually. Pigeons also often get caught in fishing lines and other urban and sea hazards. The deformed pigeons are mostly found in urban areas all over the world.

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madame_ugly
Mar. 1st, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered the about that, too.

The pigeons in the downtown pittsburgh area are all stumpy and toeless. I figured it was some kind of pigeon disease or maybe they were imbred.

judith
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Well, you were right about the disease.

It's funny that I did not really notice how many were like that until I was sitting there in SF and saw that all of the pigeons had deformed feet.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
That's interesting. I thought it was heat and electricity. But that makes sense - disease and fishing injuries.
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