The quarantine rules across the globe vary, with some nations being stricter than others. Even within the United States the rules differ greatly state-to-state. California has some of the strictest quarantine rules in the country, but even they are not as hardcore as great Down Under.
Al Jazeera English is reporting that Australia has plans to kill a pigeon that broke quarantine rules (I guess birds don’t watch the news) by hitching a ride from the U.S. all the way to the shores of Melbourne.
A racing pigeon survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey in the Pacific Ocean, crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia.
But authorities now consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
Melbourne resident Kevin Celli-Bird said on Thursday he discovered the exhausted bird in his back yard on December 26. It had disappeared from a race in the US state of Oregon on October 29.
Celli-Bird (yes, that is correct) said that Australian authorities have been warning that birds coming from the United States pose a risk to their own wildlife and had asked any citizen who may be in contact with foreign fowl to contact The Agriculture Department immediately.
“They say if it is from America, they’re concerned about bird diseases,” he said. “They wanted to know if I could help them out. I said, ‘to be honest, I can’t catch it. I can get within 500mm of it and then it moves’.”
As wild as that is, the story gets even more interesting. For some odd reason, the people who discovered the feathered felon decided to name the bird after America’s President-elect Joe Biden.
Experts suspect the pigeon that Celli-Bird has named Joe, after the US president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific.
The Australian Agriculture Department is considering sending out professional bird wranglers to assist Celli-Bird (I mean…really? Celli-Bird? Really?) in capturing the stowaway.
Given the current electoral climate in America and new Big Tech censorship rules meant to supposedly curb violence, naming a bird that is about to be executed “Joe Biden” seems a bit
fowl foul. Perhaps their Agriculture Department needs to be investigated for threats against an American statesman?
Of course not. That’s just a little joke.
Foreign livestock and agriculture actually are a big deal. Even without the pandemic, it is common to anesthetize animals that are smuggled or accidentally transported from foreign countries.
Kudos to Sleepy Joe the Pigeon for surviving an 8,000 mile journey. But will he survive the wolf spiders?