A carrier pigeon, which is believed to have traveled around 15,000 kilometers from the US to Australia, represents a headache for Australian authorities to circumvent quarantine regulations. And despite his fame, he should be neutralized.
Kevin Chellie-Bird discovered a tired, ringed pigeon in his backyard in Melbourne on 26 December. And he managed to find his boss in Alabama, who told him he disappeared during a race in the United States in late October.
“The only thing we can think of is that in the race, he was pushed out of the way and turned into the ocean, eventually landing on a boat and hitchhiking.” Told the newspaper Herald Sun, He called the pigeon “Joe” in honor of President-elect Joe Biden. “Maybe he was sick [Donald] Trump and decided to run away, “added Cheli-Bird, who, despite translating his last name” bird “or” bird “, understands nothing about these animals.
The Epic homing pigeon trip sent the local media into a frenzy, but when this news reached the authorities, the bird became a fugitive to end the rules of entry into the country.
“As it was not legally ready for import, the health status of this bird and others that have been in contact with it at its origin and prior to arrival in Australia is unknown.”“A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
“This represents a direct biosafety risk for Australian birds and our poultry”, she added. According to the department, if it came from the United States, it would have to be slaughtered by humanity.
The fame of media is hardly what will save. Australian authorities have threatened euthanasia with the dogs of actor Johnny Depp and the then female Amber Hurd after the animals were not announced in the immigration papers. The couple quickly saved the Yorkshire Terriers by flying out of the country.
“They say that if you’re from America, you’re worried about the disease. They want to know if I can help you. I said, ‘To be honest, I can’t catch that.’ -Bird quoted by AP, indicating that he was only able to catch him initially because he was fragile. Authorities are considering hiring a professional to catch the bird.