Homing pigeons that can’t find their way home shut down a highway exit

Homing pigeons that can't find their way home shut down a highway exit

A crate carrying 100 homing pigeons fell off the truck late Tuesday near Daytona Beach. Because the birds roost at night, the pigeons stayed on the road until bright lights from vehicles startled them. Then, they flew into the air and created a hazard for drivers. As a result, an exit off Interstate 95 in Florida had to be closed for three hours.

Sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and animal service workers attempted to capture the pigeons, ultimately recovering 73 fowl. Unfortunately, the birds weren’t banded, so their owner wasn’t immediately determined.  

This was considered a worst-case scenario — homing pigeons that can’t find their home.

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