Drugs Dove– A couple of years ago a pigeon was caught smuggling drugs into a Costa Rican prison.
La Reforma Penitentia prison guards captured the pigeon with a bag containing 14 grams of cocaine and 14 grams of marijuana
The bag of drugs was attached to the chest of the pigeon.
“They observed the bulge on the animal so they captured it and confirmed that it carried a bag with zipper – and the drugs were inside… It seems the dove was trained for it,”
According to the Prison director, Paul Bertozzi, this will not be the first time such a seemingly bizarre thing is happening.
“Drug traffickers are using unimaginable ways to achieve their macabre atrocities”
“This is nothing new. In the past [they] have used cats and dogs to pass drugs to prisoners. Now it seems they are using pigeons to carry in their wares from the outside. “
Their record shows that iguanas have equally been used to smuggle drugs into the prison. Countries like Columbia and Argentina have seen such things in their prisons as well.
If it were a human being, the culprit will definitely face the full wrath of the law. Now we have a bird… how do you prosecute a pigeon for breaking the law? I guess the authority had to redefine whom the law was made for, man or animals?
In any case the drugs dove as nicknamed, was examined by veterinary doctors to discover that its digestive system was affected by the attached drugs. The authorities then decided to treat the bird’s injuries but not set it free, least it returns to those who sent it.
The pigeon was taken to ZooAve Animal Rescue Centre where it was treated and subsequently locked up.
It’s not voodoo; biologists say that it is possible to train pigeons as messengers or carriers as seen in this case.
Back in the WW II days, over 200,000 pigeons played really important roles in conveying messages to and fro troops at the war front.
Homing pigeons like this Costa Rican drugs dove have the ability to fly over extremely long distances and uses magnetoreception to find its way home.
Wikipedia records that these birds make flights as long as 1,800 km (1,100 miles). This special ability of the homing bird inspired the bird racing sport which has existed for thousand of years.
“Their average flying speed over moderate 640 km (400 miles) distances is around 80 km/h (50 miles per hour) but speeds of up to 140 km/h (90 miles per hour).”
“…Pigeons have been trained to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably, covering round-trip flights up to 160 km (100 mi).”
Bringing it down to Africa, honey hunters will attest to the fact that they are aided by a special kind of bird known as the honeyguides. The work of the honeyguides is to lead the hunters to the bee hives.