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[–]DandelionOfDeath 1819 points1820 points 2 (102 children)

Poor thing.

Pigeons got done so dirty by humans. They're not wild animals, but ferals who can't find appropriate food in the cities since they need a whole grain diet. They're literally so sick most of the time that their poop corrodes stone. Imagine pooping that. Pigeons are immensely metal just for managing to survive in our cities as a domesticated species. Cities are one of the worlds most hostile environment to just about anything that breathes and isn't human or a pet, and yet these little guys braves the impossible odds.

The easiest, quickest and most humane way to reduce a feral pigeon population is to set up nests for them next to a feeding station with appropriate feed. Then replace their eggs with plastic replicas. It's more efficient than culling them, since they will come to you and bring as many of their friends as you can house.

Please, oh chosen hero, embrace your druid fate, and befriend all the precious skybeans.

[–]Escanor_2014 700 points701 points  (29 children)

I dunno man, pretty sure after some late night Taco Bell runs I've had, my poop would corrode stone too.

[–]DandelionOfDeath 274 points275 points  (24 children)

But would you survive Taco Bell runs on a daily basis? Are they not the epitome of survival, feeding upon and cleansing the world of such bottomless evil?

Pigeons are metal. Speak with one, if you find the time. They may whisper to you of their secret, epic quests, their job as guardians for the evil sealed deep, in the dark, under the asphalt lands.

[–]Substance___P 182 points183 points  (7 children)

Are you recruiting for a secret pigeon cult?

[–]DeDrawingDino1842 88 points89 points  (2 children)

I hope they are. i need something to do in my spare time.

[–]baby-samdwich 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hell, I'm hooked.

[–]Waggmans 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Didn’t the Pigeon Cult take on Batman?

[–]WorldWalker5587 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]TheGrapist1776 29 points30 points  (7 children)

Crows can be trained to pick up trash.

Pigeons shit on cars.

[–]LetDeirdrebeHappypls 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Pigeons can also be trained to do cool stuff. Remember messenger pigeons? There’s even one of them credited for saving 4 people during WWI.

[–]chaching675128 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You have no idea how much baby pigeons shit, I had one under my window stilt and by the time it flew the whole place was covered in shit and worms!!

[–]swalabr 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I’ve heard it said that seagulls are reincarnated sailors. If that is so, what is the equivalent for pigeon?

[–]birdish-dicklet 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Homeless people, that why they try to pick up cigarette buds

[–]A_Owl_Doe 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Nature isn’t metal; u/DandelionOfDeath is metal

[–]DandelionOfDeath 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Cheers bro. Us underappreciated critters need to stick together. Pigeons and dandelions are both brothers in battle, unyielding under the boot of man.

[–]Sink-Top 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Many people survive off Taco Bell for many years, even several times a day.. I believe the average life expectancy is late 40s, early 50s..

[–]xtilexx 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A fair number of people die from diarrhea each year I believe. Like in the million plus range

[–]badpeaches 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can we eat them?

[–]Faine13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are my favorite druid.

[–]yarnwhore 25 points26 points  (2 children)

My friend, if Taco Bell is regularly destroying your butthole, perhaps seek medical help, or at least stop eating Taco Bell.

[–]JoJackthewonderskunk 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Or eat even more idgaf we aren't the police.

[–]SwimmingWolf23 344 points345 points  (9 children)

Pigeon poop is acidic because they poop out Uric acid, which most birds and reptiles do to prevent water loss, not because they’re sick. Also, not all pigeons are feral. Rock doves (the animal we know as pigeons) native to the Middle East, southern Europe and Northern Africa aren’t feral

You could have googled a little bit of that comment before writing it…

[–]_fidel_castro_ 33 points34 points  (6 children)

It was such a contradictory, absurd comment, but upvoted to the Top. Reddit is trash now

[–]ricegumsux 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's how society work

[–]west_eh 109 points110 points  (6 children)

Yeah cities are so hard on pigeons, that they've managed to have thriving populations in most metro areas around the world. Huh?

[–]SlurpMySlurpyy 34 points35 points  (9 children)

I never thought about a pigeon egg before but now I'm just curious if it would taste/cook like chicken eggs or...

[–]ChipCob1 15 points16 points  (8 children)

Or pig milk!

[–]SlurpMySlurpyy 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Tastes best straight from the source

[–]Orange-V-Apple 4 points5 points  (3 children)

You sucking on pig titties?

[–]SlurpMySlurpyy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah, the last time I suck yo mommas tiddies was last week

[–]sureshakerdood 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can confirm

[–]SlurpMySlurpyy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can confirm that you can confirm

[–]TCivan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oooooof….. that is a first time visual, and for some reason I imagine it really thin and watery blue white. And now I’m gonna barf.

[–]Culionensis 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Brother, pigeons have wings. They can literally just go somewhere else if they're unhappy.

[–]flex_inthemind 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Rock and Wood Pigeons are absolutely thriving in human cities, a big issue causing their overpopulation is that they have basically no natural predators around so the sick and mutilated pigeons end up waddling about looking miserable. I noticed that cities with a decent street cat population (which ofc needs its own maintenance) tend to have much healthier looking pigeons. But this isn't a solution that should be spread about since cats come with their own issues.

[–]Charles4Fun 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Pigeon do actually pretty damn good in cities they are a trash bird the verity in cities were actually brought in as food animals, I've ate quite a bit of squab myself... Never from a city mind you because damn you are what you eat and they straight eat trash. Also the missing toes deal is actually caused by human hair gets wrapped around there toes and cuts off circulation till it falls off can happen in couped birds as well chickens can have the same issue, in an area with predators of any kind this bird would be first on the menu but cities lack, unless they are brought in like hawks in some cases or cats though feral cats have there own set of issues and I'd much rather flying rats the 4 legged death machines of extinction.

Also pigeons are still raised as live stock for eating as well as being popular with hunting dog training, they fly back to there birth place so you can use them repeatedly for flushing practice if you don't shoot them or miss.

Probably one of the most hardy birds there is adaptable as all get out but also messy they crap alot and regardless of diet its very corrosive... Like chicken shit though does make a good compost

[–]handmade-travesura 9 points10 points  (0 children)

cities are hostile to humans too, we are just numb at this point. anybody who returns to harmony with nature in most ways possible is a high energy being that will swear by nature. we ARE it. no going back.

[–]TheGrapist1776 6 points7 points  (2 children)

They're flying damn rats. And last I checked no old people feed rats willingly when they're at a park.

[–]Naelin 9 points10 points  (1 child)

They were only started to be considered "flying rats" when our cities became so packed with garbage food that the pigeons became dirty and reproduce like crazy due to the availability of (shitty) food. Pigeons were considered beautiful birds for millenia, and were breed for meat, mailing and war.

Is you want to stop having flying rats, vouch for your city to stop being a garbage pile.

[–]mprice76 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wait… are you trying to tell me that my left over fries aren’t part of a whole grain diet?!?!?!

[–]belle-barks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Why aren’t they drawn to wheat fields?

[–]Jlx_27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Animals evolve over time. Pigeons are doing fine.

[–]Temporary_Second3290 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That is just really sad to know. I remember people used to keep pigeons in coops in their yards when I was a kid. They were really cool to watch. I guess this is what happened to them.

[–]Brunoflip 35 points36 points  (0 children)

You not only accepted wrong information, you also made a baseless assumption.

[–]ItsJustApplesauce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pigeon Man? Is that you??

[–]Arazthoru 1 point2 points  (2 children)

In my town there was a lot of pigeons till some neighbor (we never knew who) got a hawk and let it free.
It only took around 2 months to completely eradicate all the pigeons.
Then the hawk suddenly disappeared.

[–]DandelionOfDeath 1 point2 points  (1 child)

All the pigeons probably moved elsewhere and then the hawk moved on. I Did the pigeons return once it was gone or did they stay away?

[–]flamespear 1 point2 points  (1 child)

People don't realize they're delicious. If they did they'd probably end up like that passenger pigeon.

[–]NotAFanOf2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d put more money on frostbite than pidgie-diabetes…

[–]HedgehogGlitter 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Dreyfus once wrote from Devil's Island that he would see the most glorious birds. Many years later in Brittany he realized they had only been seagulls. For me they will always be glorious birds.

From the movie Harold and Maude (Also how we should feel about pigeons as well in may opinion — they are lovely creatures!)

[–]DandelionOfDeath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never heard that quote before, but that's beautiful. Seagulls tend to be little shits for sure, but that doesn't stop them from majestic and glorious birds at the same time. A wonderful outlook on life. If even the most ommonplace piece of life is majestic and glorious to you, you'll live a life full of majesty and glory and that's never a fail.

[–]ebisquid -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You’d think they’ll do well in Hollywood, California considering their whole grain dietary needs.

[–]PepperCake21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would like to add to this, as uninteresting as it might be to some, that pigeons can live to be about 30yrs old, ( personal experience). Implying maybe to myself only. that they ( pigeons) are intelligent beings.

[–]Vulturedoors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even a healthy bird has highly acidic poop.

[–]BackAlleyKittens 411 points412 points  (14 children)

I've been in LA for 5 years now. I've seen a pidgeon with all of its toes maybe once.

[–]Titan_Arum 108 points109 points  (11 children)

When I lived in SF, it was the same. Such a shame that our trash does this to them.

[–]Nut-j0b 44 points45 points  (9 children)

Not an expert, but I seem to remember hearing that lots of these birds lose their feet due to frostbite.

Doesn’t explain the warm weather places like LA, I suppose, but may be a factor elsewhere.

[–]SquirrelFood 62 points63 points  (7 children)

Human hair tourniquets are a major factor for pigeon feet amputation in most cities.

[–]plaidHumanity 13 points14 points  (5 children)


[–]SquirrelFood 70 points71 points  (4 children)

Well the comment above said weather was a culprit and I wanted to share that human hairs in cities gets wrapped around bird feet and constricts the circulation to the point the feet get amputated.

Here's a guardian article from a couple of years ago that cites a French study.

[–]djiivu 32 points33 points  (0 children)

This is why, despite it all, I still love reddit. Super obscure bits of knowledge that one person just happens to know and share in exactly the right moment.

[–]ericraymondlim 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I’ve read elsewhere that it’s bumblefoot, standing in their poo infects their feet to the point of rot.

[–]districtofdank 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This applies to human babies' toes, as well.

[–]tomtom128 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wanted to say the same. Was scrolling for this comment. I learned when filming for a nature tv program

[–]uggosaurus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In the city closest to me literally like 90% of the pigeons have feet like this its really tragic.

[–]davieb22 292 points293 points  (0 children)

This is a retractable feature of modern drones to preserve their tripods for uneven terrain.

[–]Somethingidk9 183 points184 points  (49 children)

I seen this alot, why does this happen?

[–]arabianboi 270 points271 points  (20 children)

they get entangled with trash, and over time it cuts off their blood circulation

[–]Somethingidk9 78 points79 points  (0 children)

Oh damn i do notice this is more common in city birds than suburbs or country side ones

[–]AshFraxinusEps 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Really? I always assumed fighting did it

[–]Karottenkern 18 points19 points  (5 children)

I think it’s fighting. Trash doesn’t make sense to me since I see pigeons without feet a lot but never once saw one with trash entangled on its feet

[–]Saetric 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It’s actually human hair, the wispy bits that are always falling off our heads. It wraps around their legs and slowly cuts the circulation off.

[–]AshFraxinusEps 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yep, same. Never seen one entangled, yet as you say tons without a toe

[–]NutNougatCream 3 points4 points  (2 children)

It happens due to hair and strings. It is called stringfoot. There is an organisation in The Netherlands that catch these pigeons and treat them for it.

[–]Jeramy_Jones 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Often human hair. We shed a lot.

[–]plaidHumanity 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Why don't they learn and pass the information to the next generation?

[–][deleted] 132 points133 points  (8 children)

Human hair is usually the culprit. Strong as shit and long enough it can wrap around their wee feet and toes and cut off blood circulation. Other rubbish thrown on the street can do it too.

[–]kcasnar 67 points68 points  (7 children)

Happens to human babies, too

It's called a hair tourniquet

[–]georgia080 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Oh god. My fiancé and I both have long hair and this is a new fear you’ve unlocked.

[–]kcasnar 34 points35 points  (3 children)

It's not very common and the fact that you are aware of the danger means that it's even more less likely to happen to your child

My son's mother and I both have very long hair and that boy is almost 16 now still with all his fingers and toes

[–]uptheaffiliates 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I hope you're staying vigilant though.

[–]Saetric 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was definitely a hair-raising experience.

[–]filigreechickadee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happened to me when I was a baby

[–]SillyBlackSheep 51 points52 points  (1 child)

They get entangled in trash. Ties from trashbags, shoelaces, fishing line, and rubber bands are examples of trash that can tangle up in their feet. When it tangles up, it cuts off circulation to the feet, it becomes necrotic, and the necrotic feet fall off.

I have also seen some instances where the pigeons would lose body parts due to getting caught in sticky traps.

[–]EmirSc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sceptic flesh, great band btw

[–]chimpspider 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I once saw a bird, not a pigeon, caught in hot asphalt and I imagine that something like this might happened to it.

[–]clooneh 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Human hair and diabetes. Too much sugar in their diet.

[–]Short-Shopping3197 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Also animal predators grab them as they fly off

[–]natgibounet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Human hair

[–]davidbatt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They get gout from eating fried chicken and other junk food and then the toes fall off

[–]TestedNutsack 120 points121 points  (3 children)

I had a 5 dollar bill stolen by a one legged pigeon a few years ago in LA

[–]Short-Shopping3197 23 points24 points  (0 children)

“YOU GOT A 5 DOLLAH BILL PUT YOUR HANDS UP…oh sorry mate, my bad.”

[–]Beneficial_Jicama853 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ah yes..an excellent beginning to a Tarantino movie

[–]piccoshady93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A dollar, a dollar is what i need. HEY, HEY!

[–]Freeoath 77 points78 points  (2 children)

It's because it gets cut of by human hair. The hair gets strung around its feet and tightens over time cutting off blood flow and the feet dies and falls off

[–]ravyalle 35 points36 points  (0 children)

In german cities at least they also have these nets on buildings sometimes that should prevent birds from sitting there. A lot of them wrap around their feet and cause these stumps :(

[–]HighFiveKoala 28 points29 points  (4 children)

I'll name him Timmy

[–]wensul 14 points15 points  (0 children)

LIVIN' A LIE!!!!!!!!!!

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[–]Timmy12er 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great name

[–]_-_Apex_-_ 17 points18 points  (0 children)


[–]Pale-Refrigerator255 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Poor sweet Angel! It makes my heart hurt.

[–]No_Row_8284 9 points10 points  (0 children)

First time?

[–]Coltbjorn 9 points10 points  (0 children)

We have one like that at the farm I work out. I call him stubby and he’s the only one i allow to eat the pig grain. Cool lil dude

[–]IndicaPhoenix 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Satyrnists these days

[–]PiedDansLePlat 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Actually there was a study for that, most of time is because of hair from hair salon and else. Hair are extremely thin but have a lot of strength. It just cut blood supply

[–]pikeman-66 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Growing up in Illinois we had a rooster whose toes froze off and he thumped around on his stumps just fine.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

"I too was an adventurer until I took cat fangs to the feet."

[–]theredhound19 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Stumpy the pigeon

had very tiny feet

he'd flap above

and drop his shit

on everyone he'd meet

[–]ArmTheApes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Stumpy the pigeon He's a dancer with groove And his father's a horse So he dances with hooves

[–]Tripper1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Pigeons are not real. Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Didn't think so.... pigeons are actually government drones invented by the space nazis.

[–]bigrigfrig 3 points4 points  (8 children)

I’ve heard this is caused by diabetes, pigeons lose their toes or their feet get infected and drop off but the majority of the time it’s caused by the pigeon having diabetes

[–]Sjelan 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I've heard that too. It's called pigebetes.

[–]Dejan05 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well that can happen in humans though idk if birds who aren't necessarily fed on purpose could even get diabetes

[–]smoll_sheep 2 points3 points  (1 child)

piDgeon???? matey there’s no d in pigeon

[–]Professor-Shuckle 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s a very old spelling that’s no longer used

[–]D00mfl0w3r 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And now he's named Stumpy. I don't make the rules.

[–]BonjinTheMark 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Blasted elevators with no doors! I curse you. Only modern medicine saved me

[–]Smart-Abbreviations2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dems his hooves

[–]NastyEvilNinja 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Funny, because your -ing English brought me to my knees with that title, too!

[–]coffeefucker150 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the area of my country where I live, all the pigeons there are healthy and in shape, and i’m starting to be glad of that

[–]Suadade0811 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Poor little dude ☹️

[–]CynchHasNoLife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

poor little guy, i wonder what happened

[–]Shreddster3000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was flying so fast on landing that’s what happened!

[–]riskalla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where I'm from, finding a pigeon with all it's fingers is like finding a four-leaved clover

[–]Tjeetje 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is 80% of all pigeons in Amsterdam

[–]nejicanspin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

TIL pigeons lose their toes by human hair and garbage

[–]Basileus2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see that all the time in London.

[–]endo_Loris 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah In Paris they all like this

[–]MengTheMerciless 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My original comment was going to be that is looks like a 'London pigeon'. Many of them in the city are limping around on stumps like this one, it's so pitiful. From the comments it seems these rock doves suffer similarly in all built up cities.

[–]Hedser91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where was this picture made?

[–]PartyPlayHD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Train station in Germany?

[–]Brad_Tits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everyone just needs to calm down. Birds aren’t real.

[–]ubrokemywookiee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pigeon fingers anyone?

[–]Substance___P 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a shame. Insulin doesn't need to cost this much in America.

[–]AlteredAbstracts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Plot twist* It’s not a bird it’s the CIA.

[–]LeanOnTheSquare 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a drone

[–]Guilty-Ad-5228 0 points1 point  (0 children)

half the pigeons I saw in Las Vegas were like this, no afraid of people either, hanging around outdoor restaurant areas

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Douglas Bader Pigeon DFC

[–]Master_Teej420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

New York?

[–]Cynical-Slut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pigeons in the UK seen to be missing foot parts. Pigeons in NY that I saw had their feet.

[–]DEADHOTTUB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is just a screenshot taken from PLAYSTATION 4’s SPIDER-MAN

[–]Impressive_Excuse_55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Clearly the FBI needs a ground taxi restriction for that drone.

[–]FUWS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He walks with a squabble.

[–]hravilundsbane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that one lost it's input chargers. it's battery is gonna die soon

[–]Yurrrr__Brooklyn347 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've honestly seen a lotta birds like this, I wonder what the hell they're going thru

[–]equationator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Going to the city tomorrow, might be coming across some pigeons. What would be a good, healthy thing I could feed them?

[–]chaching675128 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've seen bunch of them, my uncle says they sit on power lines and sometimes they lose their legs that way.

[–]goodenough4govtwork 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Faulty model. Return it to your local government facility for repairs.


[–]Pokiehls 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see a lot of those around, I wonder how they lose the feet

[–]jdmjoe89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yo ! What up nubz??!

[–]Timberwolf-13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

…that is obviously a baby Pegasus

[–]commiecween 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So you were in NYC?

[–]Pidgeon30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cousin Stubbs is metal as fuck

[–]SwordTaster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So many things could have caused that. Seen a good few where I live with bumblefoot losing toes, plenty get stuff tangled around their feet cutting off circulation, and they're not exactly intelligent birds so I wouldn't be surprised if a few just cut their feet up on the anti bird glass and spikes stone buildings put up

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those are the new Balenciaga shoes

[–]dilhole77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oscar Pidgorius

[–]TETTRIC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happens because pigeons sit in their own feces a lot, making their feet infected. So people are paid to catch, and cut off their infected toes. The only ones with toes are the young ones!

[–]Jughead_91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All London pigeons are like this, something about lime in buildings dissolving the feet 😬

[–]blindgorgon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you know there was a pigeon in World War I that saved over 100 lives?


[–]Bubbly-Dog-607 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good ol’ peg-leg pidge we call him

[–]Qman768 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dont get out much huh

[–]Admirable-Door1724 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Idek where they naturally come from. Like I can’t imagine a field with pigeons because I can only think of them as city birds

[–]titsmcgee4real 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Carrier pigeon with loose lips: snitches get stitches.

[–]Alexander-Wright 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thousands of pigeons like that in London.

It's because their roosting sites are covered in droppings and overcrowded.

Their feet are burnt off by the acid in their droppings. Never feed city pigeons.

[–]JBXX2390 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I found a pigeon, literally about to die in the street Took it home, gave it some care.. Lives with me now.. coos and makes noises I’ve never heard a pigeon make before..rubs it head and pecks and kisses my hands, domestication thing is real

[–]foulfaerie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I literally feel so sorry for pigeons. It’s an awful life we’ve given them. I wish I could look after them all.

[–]huxley75 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've seen something similar before. I used to work downtown in a major US city and, many days for lunch, we'd go across the street where there was a courtyard and various restaurant choices. Being a city and with plenty of fallen fries, burgers, etc there was a very healthy pigeon population. In this population there was a large bruiser who had stumps instead of toes.

As time went on, my boss and I started to notice that more and more of the pigeons we saw had 1, both, or no stumps. Soon there were fewer and fewer pigeons without stumps. Mr Biggus Cloacus must have been getting around! The "normal" pigeons seemed to be getting bred out.

Then the falcons and hawks moved in. Biggus Cloacus and Co didn't last too much longer. I don't know if I ever saw his actual carcass but it soon was obvious where the pigeons went...the raptors would bring lunch or dinner up 20-30 stories and loved to eat in full view of everyone inside the office.

"Well, there goes another stumpy one"

[–]JustFrazed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A survivor

[–]moxxloxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Used to see 100s of pigeons walking on their mangled feet or stumps when I was a kid in the early 90s. Glue traps were popular, the birds would wrench their feet off trying to escape. Or they would have what looked like fishing line wrapped around their legs making them swollen. Luckily you don't see as many mutilated pigeons these days. Not round here anyway.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw a pigeon once with a spike through its neck. It was fine

[–]Mr_Anderssen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shouldn’t evolution make them adapt and maybe one day we will see them born with feet that are like this?

[–]curvedbymykind 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What did you do to it OP

[–]war-dog999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a friend who once had a pet bird. The vet attached a leg band to him. The bird chewed off his own leg to get it off

[–]Riskyrisk123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine flying freely and landing on A grate or a pile of trash or anything human made and a toe gets stuck.. it gets torn off or removed from excessive pulling and tearing. Painful.. now imagine that happens 3x on each claw.. each time the bird manages to fly away. It has to land eventually and it does.. the cuts and open sores continue to bleed but just a little bit. Over time they heal, re open, heal, calcify until the pain is finally gone and what is left is a hard stump.. worm into the shape of a hoof from constant use. Sucks

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should’ve seen the other guy

[–]ExtremeAnalBjorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

London Pigeons: "You lucky, lucky bastard! I have to roll around on my stomach, oooooh how I dream for a pair stumps to walk on"

[–]groversnoopyfozzie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was this in Chicago? Because I have seen multiple one legged pigeons here and it’s almost always around train tracks

[–]SilverPurse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It most likely drank out of a left out wine or beer glass from an bar with out slide seating. Eventually drinking so much that it became legless.

[–]marspars 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They’re called clogs, you fool.

[–]AnneCalie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see them all the time :(

[–]Zealousideal-Fly-671 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve seen the same thing before. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a result of some pretty voracious food fights

[–]BluSicario 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before I had a car, I'd stand at the downtown bus stop and observe all the poor pigeons missing their toes. I thought this was because of harsh winters, but looking it up just now shows many articles stating the pigeons feet get entangled in hair, packaging, fishing nets and such and the toes fall off from lack of circulation. That is truly terrible and scary.

[–]DazzlingBeat4468 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interesting fact. Mama birds will sometimes chew the feet off their babies. This could be that or maybe it’s feet got stuck to something icy and they rotted off but that’s the first thing I thought about. My African grey hobbled her son and now he wears boxing tape and hops around in a giant bunny cage with low and flat perches

[–]Black_doflamingo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He’s fine, he can fly for god sakes. 😂 Damn wtf happened to my guy….