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Woman reports 'stalker' pigeon to police
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Woman reports 'stalker' pigeon to police

Published: 19 Dec 2012 10:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2012 10:15 GMT+01:00

The exasperated woman told officers on Monday that the blue-grey pigeon had been a constant presence at her side for the past three weeks. She said the "strange bird" had been hanging round in her garden or on her terrace constantly, and seemed to be looking for some kind of "familial connection."

The woman claimed that every time she opened the door, the seemingly intelligent pigeon would immediately fly into the house. Her gentle attempts to persuade her unwanted guest to leave proved fruitless, as did her grandson's deployment of his water pistol.

Even once it had been chased out, the persistent pigeon would perch on a nearby branch and wait for the next opportunity to present its credentials as a potential companion.

But the animal failed to recommend itself: when it did get in, the stubborn animal would "leave traces that no good housewife would want in her home," the police report said.

When the helpless woman finally went to the authorities, officers were unable to help her, and could only recommend that she seek the advice of a pigeon fancier or an animal psychologist.

But then, before going to the professionals, the fraught woman decided to have another go herself. "Apparently, this time the bird received a clear 'dismissal' and flapped off on its own," the report concluded.

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11:40 December 19, 2012 by mobaisch
oh my god.. a stalking pigeon? I am speechless.. laughing and crying feelings at the same time.. No wonder the police can not find time to help me in my neighbors problem. And now a psychologist is advised? humans are getting so so so far away from real life!! :S .. Furthermore, RIP journalism!

If I were in power, I would definitely send that woman on a 1 week vacation to Afghanistan or Gaza Strip. Her pigeon problem will definitely be solved.
11:45 December 19, 2012 by Tron McFinger
I've noticed over the years that very often whenever there is come crackpot story about Germany that doesn't seem to make any sort of sense or to be actual news, the incident in question is always in Darmstadt.

I've concluded that it's some kind of standard form to use for journalists who have nothing to write about: write a crazy story about something completely off the wall and untrackable and set it in Darmstadt and see if anyone ever notices.
14:29 December 19, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@ Tron McFinger

On another TL article regarding coffee I also made a similar observation as you regarding journalism. One would wonder if it is the silly season at TL with articles such as this and that one. Surely there is some real news happening out there? Or at least stick to the old reliables such as Islamophobia and Europhobia for some discussion.
16:06 December 19, 2012 by uwezi
I am slightly ashamed to be German and to see what German police has to deal with.

However, when it comes to pigeons, Tom Lehrer has a recipe, which you can see on youtube: yhuMLpdnOjY
19:09 December 19, 2012 by DOZ
Oh no!!!! That is a Camp X Spy-Pigeon. Probably an imported Hodak Breed trained only to crap on Balconies.
01:18 December 20, 2012 by zeddriver
I look at it in the following way. The people of this earth have been on a path towards lunacy for a long time. This is just illustrating that fact. So I think the local posting this is fine. A hundred years ago. That bird would have been captured to start a breeding program so that they could raise them for food. Or it would have been shot and eaten. But we are so far off the tracks these days. That a modern woman with the info gathering abilities at her disposal. Still thought about it and came to the conclusion that this bird "wanted" her for it's own evil purposes. Break out the Prozac party snacks everyone! And veg out in the corner.
23:27 December 20, 2012 by www.emungus.net
A FLIRTY CASANOVA DOVE

Everyone needs a mate, above all in time of freezing seasons. But oh what a pigeon ! He must be a girl chaser in the world of doves. He also has features of a casanova... This kind of species often never back off when girls disclaim their flirty attempts.
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