‘Joe the Pigeon’ gets reprieve from death, after leg band found to be fake

Australia’s avian celebrity Joe the Pigeon is getting a new lease on life after authorities determined he is not a biosecurity threat. 

Joe’s story started last month when a man in Melbourne found the seemingly emaciated pigeon wearing a leg band in his backyard. According to Australia’s 9News, the man, Kevin Chelli-Bird, fed the bird some dried biscuits and started researching the pigeon’s leg band. According to the band, the pigeon was a racing bird, registered to an owner in Montgomery, Alabama. 

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