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Pope’s Peace Doves Attacked By Crows, Sea Gulls

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Birds of pray: Doves released in the Vatican as a gesture of peace are immediately ATTACKED by vicious seagull and crow

By Hannah Roberts In Rome and Mark Duell | 26 January 2014

To millions of Christians, they are a symbol of peace. But to a pair of larger birds, the two doves released in the Vatican yesterday were nothing more than a chance for a bit of Sunday morning sport.

No sooner had the birds been set free in St Peter’s Square – as a symbolic gesture of peace for Ukraine – than they were set upon by a seagull and a crow. The two larger birds swooped on the defenceless doves during the Pope’s weekly Sunday Angelus prayer in front of tens of thousands of worshippers gathered in the Vatican.

After saying a prayer for Ukraine, where at least three people were killed during the latest clashes that have seen Kiev in flames, the Pontiff helped schoolchildren release the doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as a peace gesture.

This doesn’t augur well for the Ukraine. (In ancient Rome, an augur was a religious official whose duty it was to predict future events and advise upon the course of public business, in accordance with omens derived from the flight, singing, and feeding of birds, and the appearance of the entrails of sacrificial victims, celestial phenomena, and other portents.)

But they were immediately attacked. The seagull pinned one of the doves against the wall of the palace and pecked at its tail, but was left with a mouthful of feathers as its victim made an escape.

The crow caught the smaller bird unawares, as it rested on a windowsill, before pecking at it repeatedly. Again, the victim managed to get away.

They were probably capitalist crows and sea gulls.

Eventually both doves flew off, seemingly uninjured, to the relief of tens of thousands of onlookers.

The release of the birds concludes the Vatican’s annual Caravan of Peace event.

Last year one of the doves was set upon by a gull, while in 2012 they simply flew back into the Apostolic Apartments…

Can you blame them?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pope’s Peace Doves Attacked By Crows, Sea Gulls”

  1. In a world of Signs and Wonders, this is a 9 on the Pucker Meter


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