The Pigeon Puzzle: How Do They Figure Out Their Impossibly Long Routes Home?

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Lady Hearst, Nick Oud’s pigeon, finished a massive 800-kilometre, 14-hour race in 2015; what makes this astonishing is that, whilst migratory birds use flight paths to travel, racing pigeons like Lady Hearst don’t have that luxury. It is still shrouded in mystery how these animals, when in a “completely foreign environment,” navigate home. What this article does uncover, however, is what their owners will do to win: “incidents of doping, mass deaths, and illegal gambling have detracted from what should be an exhibition of an animal’s incredible skill.” Read full article here

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