Pigeons: Candy to Cannibalism

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Wings are a symbol of freedom (and other weird looking tattoos). Flight is associated with the image as well. When flight is as awesome as California Condor’s or of a majestic American Bald Eagle, that’s when wings are just thought of as SUPER-AWESOME.

But as I have come across many pigeons (one of SF’s perks) as a denizen of San Francisco, the idea that these winged creatures project any sense of majesty or freedom is utter “LOL” material (Curb Your Enthusiasm reference).

Recently, while walking through a side street in the Mission, I came across a pigeon that was eating a piece of candy. I, along with my wife, postulated that it must of been an M&M candy.

My immediate response was “great, what kind of diabetic pigeon is that?”
My wife said, “these things will eat anything, even their own kind.”

She was right. If you’ve seen pigeons in the city, you know they are infamously ravenous fly-ey things that eat dead pigeons laying on the side of the road. Carcases are never left unattended for very long. These filthy featured demons will flock in herds to dead cousins (unlike those in the “Association“).

Next time when you, the traveler, the tourist, want to feed the pigeons of San Fran-tastic, you bet you can take out some M&Ms (any kind) and fling those hard shelled candies to the ground like pieces of bread. For sure they’ll eat it…and for sure, they’ll like it…and for sure, they’ll poop on you.

*sidebar: I was walking to work one day and saw a seagull destroying a breakfast item, tearing into it…and realized it was a dead pigeon. Whilst the seagull indulged, it periodically picked up the “flying rat” and moved it to another location. Change of scenery often inspires, right?

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