Dyed pigeon believed to be used for gender revealing party in New York has died

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — The domesticated pigeon that was dyed pink and believed to have been used for a gender revealing party has died, rescue group said.

In a post on its social media, Wild Bird Fund said the pigeon, named Flamingo, passed away despite efforts to reduce the fumes coming off the dye, while keeping it calm and stable.

“We believe his death was caused by inhaling the toxins,” the organisation shared.

Wild Bird Fund hoped the tale of Flamingo’s too-short life will help prevent more acts of careless cruelty.

Flamingo, a king pigeon, was a domestic bird likely raised for food.

When found wandering around New York City’s Madison Square Park, it was malnourished, barely older than a baby and had no survival skills when it was released and left to fend for itself.

Even without the added complication of the toxic dye, the organisation is of the opinion that it would not have survived in a city park as a white, helpless bird.

“Domestic birds — birds raised in captivity — should never be released to the wild. They will die of starvation or predation,” said Wild Bird Fund.

The organisation also discouraged the release of doves which was equivalent to dumping them on the side of the road.