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Belgian racing pigeons fly high on coke and painkillers

Nothing is sacred it appears in the high-flying world of pigeon racing in Belgium, where six birds were found to have been doped with drugs such as cocaine and painkillers, Belgian media reported Thursday. Cycling-mad Belgium is used to hearing of sports stars pumped up on performance-enhancing drugs, but officials are now homing-in on the birds used in a sport which rakes in millions in breeding and prize monies.

Cigar-smuggling pigeons to touch down at New York gallery

By Luke Swiderski NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thanks to New York City artist Duke Riley, the American surveillance apparatus faces a new airborne foe: the homing pigeon. Riley trained pigeons to smuggle Cuban cigars from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, while other birds filmed the 100-mile (160-km) journey with custom-made cameras. The pigeons and their videos will be on display in Riley's solo show, which opens November 1 at the Magnan Metz gallery in New York.

Japanese racing pigeon flies across Pacific to Canada

A plucky pigeon that flew across the Pacific Ocean from Japan will be bred by a bird lover in Canada hoping its progeny will make top long-distance racers, an animal rescue official said. The pigeon was discovered tired and thin at a Canadian air force base on Vancouver Island in westernmost Canada and taken to an animal rescue centre near Comox, British Columbia where it was treated for a common bird parasite and nursed back to health.

Japanese racing pigeon flies across Pacific to Canada

A plucky pigeon that flew across the Pacific Ocean from Japan will be bred by a bird lover in Canada hoping its progeny will be top long distance racers, an animal rescue official said Monday. The pigeon was discovered tired and thin at a Canadian air force base on Vancouver Island in westernmost Canada and taken to an animal rescue centre near Comox, British Columbia where it was treated for a common bird parasite and nursed back to health.

Chinese businessman pays record price for Belgian racing pigeon

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Chinese businessman has paid a world record 310,000 euros ($398,500) for a Belgian pigeon, highlighting Asia's huge and growing interest in racing birds. The one-year-old award-winning pigeon named Bolt was bred by Belgian pigeon fancier Leo Heremans, a well-known name to pigeon enthusiasts, who sold his entire collection of 530 birds for 4.3 million euros at an auction over the weekend.

Association of pigeon enthusiasts to vaccinate up to 90,000 birds in eastern China

An association of pigeon enthusiasts plans to vaccinate up to 90,000 of the birds in eastern China to help ward off the spread of the latest avian flu.Pigeons became a source of concern after one in Shanghai was found infected with the new H7N9 strain of bird flu.

China to vaccinate 90,000 pigeons against bird flu

An association of pigeon enthusiasts plans to vaccinate up to 90,000 of the birds in eastern China to help ward off the spread of the latest avian flu.Pigeons became a source of concern after one in Shanghai was found infected with the new H7N9 strain of bird flu.

CORRECTED-Hundreds of animals removed from Ohio man's house

(Corrects the number of animals in paragraphs 3, 4) By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Humane society members wearing protective masks removed nearly 300 animals including pigeons, chickens and rabbits from an Ohio man's reeking house this week. Most of the animals are expected to survive including some that were sick, Sheila Marquis, an officer with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Ohio, told Reuters on Saturday.
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