March 1st, 2008


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.