A pink pigeon was found in a New York City park deliberately dyed for a gender reveal or celebration, a rescue group says.
Pigeons come in many different colors, but pink isn't one of them. This king pigeon was deliberately dyed and released. As a domestic bird unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators, this poor kid had it bad enough before being dyed.
📷: Phyllis Tseng pic.twitter.com/SnhdIOJsHU
— Wild Bird Fund (@wildbirdfund) January 31, 2023
The pink-colored pigeon was rescued from a Manhattan park after an animal rights activist found the poor animal. According to the Wild Bird Fund, the bird was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park earlier this week.
“Pigeons come in many different colors, but pink isn’t one of them,” the Wild Bird Fund tweeted. “This king pigeon was deliberately dyed and released. As a domestic bird unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators, this poor kid had it bad enough before being dyed.”
The nonprofit group said that the pigeon might have been used for a gender reveal party or another celebration. They warned against using live animals for celebrations or for party favors.
“Please never release domestic birds to the wild. Not for weddings, funerals, celebrations, art projects, anything. (We’d hope that “don’t dye them” goes without saying, but…) They will starve or be preyed on,” the group said on Twitter.
Animals aren’t humans, and they aren’t accessories, either. They cannot consent to these unnecessary alterations to their natural states. So, be kind to your furry friends and let them be. Check out Why You Shouldn‘t Dye Your Dog’s Fur for Fun!
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UPDATE: Unfortunately, the bird died and the organization believes that the death was caused by inhaling the toxins. They believe the toxins used were hair dye and added that birds are highly sensitive to fumes.
“As sad as we are that Flamingo did not get the chance to live a full life in a sanctuary or home, we’re heartened that his story has reached so many around the world,” Catherine Quayle, social media director of the Wild Bird Fund, told NPR. “We hope fewer birds will suffer from careless cruelty as a result.”
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