|Young fun! An older woman gets a thrill from a headful of pigeons on Plaza Bolivar.|
Feathered friends or rats with wings, Bogotá's got plenty of pigeons. Too many, says City Hall: the animals roost on statues, churches and historic buildings, damaging and discoloring them with their feces. A few years ago, the Cathedral placed spikes on its front to repel the animals. But, pigeons not being the brightest creatures, they impaled themselves, creating a gruesome version of crucifixion. The church removed the spikes.
Now, the city's considering more humane methods of population control, such as lacing their foods with contraceptives or building a pigeon roost, where their eggs would be taken away.
My bet is that the hated and beloved pigeons will be with us for a long time.
|A pígeon in hand is worth two on the pavement.|
|The pigeons make the picture on Plaza Bolivar.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours