Sussex boy rescues domestic rock dove,

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  1. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
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    Sussex boy rescues domestic rock dove, reunites with handler
    Ron MacKinnon says the rock dove was supposed to fly to Nova Scotia (177 miles away), but was sidetracked by a squall

    An 11-year-old Sussex Corner boy is getting plenty of thanks after rescuing a starving and injured domestic rock dove.
    Peter Gravlin spotted the bird twice near his grandparents' lodge in Shepody before he captured it.
    The bird was being harassed by a hawk.
    "She couldn't fly," Peter said.
    "She kept on hitting her head on the ground. I got gloves on and I picked her up."
    The 11-year-old boy said the white bird with brown speckles didn't mind being picked up.
    He carried it back to the lodge operated by his grandparents, Ida and Larry Adair, where they gave it water and sunflower seeds.
    Ida Adair then went online to try to track down an owner using a letter and number code from a tag found on the bird's leg.
    After much searching and several phone calls, she was able to locate the Halifax-based owner.
    The bird's name is Cookie and he and four other rock doves were released in Moncton on July 26. As homing pigeons they are trained to fly to Armdale, N.S.
    Three of the birds made it to the destination in three hours. Two of the birds, including Cookie, are believed to have been sidetracked by a squall.
    Ron MacKinnon, a rock dove aficionado in Moncton, is the person who released the birds.
    He drove to Adair's Wilderness Lodge, to retrieve Cookie on Thursday.
    "He's lost some weight," said MacKinnon, cradling the bird to his chest.
    "He's had a hard go, poor little fellow."
    Although thin, MacKinnon said the bird should make a full recovery.
    He thanked Peter several times for rescuing the rock dove.
    "He wasn't long for this world if you hadn't saved him," said MacKinnon.
  2. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Nice story.. wish everyone was so kind to take the time to help other animals.

    Why do they keep calling it a rock dove.. maybe people don't like pigeons.. and dove sounds nicer?
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  3. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    Pigeon is nickname for what actually is a rock dove.. All pigeons are doves, pigeon coming from French that started making larger fatter squabbing squeakers as delicacy. Later word used for any larger tame rock doves than eight ounces, like homers, n now so many just call all rock doves pigeons, and all squeakers squabs, that educated people just nod our heads as not to look know it all smart pants (which I'm not and actually quite dumb).
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