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Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier’s Grave To Build A Nest

Out of all of the things that pigeons have been accused of, patriotism isn’t usually one of them. But recently, a pigeons was caught stealing poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australia War Memorial.

Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier's Grave To Build A Nest
Australia War Memorial

But the best part is this bird was stealing them to build a very bright nest.

Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier's Grave To Build A Nest
Australia War Memorial

The pigeon began piling them under a standing glass in Australia. The red poppies are worn and placed at the memorials to remember soldiers sacrifices.

Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier's Grave To Build A Nest
Australia War Memorial

As much as many people dislike pigeons, they have been useful during battle.

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The memorial told the Sydney Morning Herald that the wounded soldier symbolised the quality of ‘endurance’, and that the nest of poppies was a ‘reminder of the powerful bond between man and beast on the battlefield’.

Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier's Grave To Build A Nest
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Historian Dr Meleah Hampton told the Herald, “Whenever we talk about animals in war, they are fulfilling a purpose or performing a task that people can’t do easily on their own. So pigeons are particularly of use in warfare when you’ve got a couple of men trying to get a message from where they are back to the backline; a pigeon can get that through sometimes when nothing else can.”

Pigeon Steals Poppies From An Unknown Soldier's Grave To Build A Nest
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During World War II, 32 pigeons received The PDSA Dickin Medal which is awarded to any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.

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It remains unknown if the pigeon’s swiping spree will be brought to an end, or if the presumed perp will have to face justice.

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