Tampa, Florida 2021-01-14 10:21:51 –
Canberra, Australia — Racing Pigeon has survived 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to find a new home in Australia.
Authorities now consider birds as a quarantine risk and are planning to kill them.
Kevin Celli-Bird says he discovered an exhausted bird arriving in Melbourne’s backyard in December disappeared from a race in Oregon two months ago.
Experts suspect that a pigeon named Joe after the presidential election may have boarded a cargo ship.
Joe’s feat has attracted the attention of the notorious and rigorous quarantine authorities as well as the Australian media.
Celli-Bird says he asked to catch a bird because he thought he was at risk of illness.
“Regardless of origin, domesticated birds that do not meet import health and inspection requirements are not allowed to stay in Australia,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment said in a statement.
“The only possible outcome for managing biosecurity risks is the humanitarian destruction of birds,” the statement continued.
He says the American Racing Pigeon Union has confirmed that it is registered as the owner of Montgomery, Alabama.
According to the BBC, the process of legally bringing pigeons to Australia is difficult and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Nothing has been legally imported from the United States for more than a decade.
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