Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What We Do For Love

Pigeons mate for life. Apparently they are very faithful partners, picking a spouse and staying together as long as they both shall live. Very romantic. Very apropos considering my up coming nuptials.


As I pulled into my parking garage the other day I saw two pigeons on the ground.


One was very still, appearing to be on its side. Its feathers were ruffled. It was not moving much.


The other was very close, I presumed it was the fallen pigeon's mate.


As I pulled closer, the larger pigeon walked even closer to the "dead" one, placed its body on top of the other and appeared to protect its fallen lover from my oncoming vehicle.


I was touched. I thought of husbands protecting their wives. I thought of bravely standing in the face of danger to protect the one you love. I might have teared up. It was that touching.


I was very careful not to hit this grieving bird and its dead spouse.


As I passed by, through tear blurred eyes I looked down at the two pigeons. I wanted to respect the lost life, the grieving lover, the sadness in death. It was at that moment, however, that I realized I had been duped by deviant animals.

These birds, were doing the nasty. In public. There was no mistaking it.


Her feathers were ruffled. She was lying motionless on the ground.


He was on her back, but it was certainly not to protect her.


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After I drove by, parked my car and started walking out, I saw the two pigeons again. They were no longer "together", but rather his back was turned to her and they were a couple feet apart. She was clearly lecturing him about getting caught. In pigeon language, she said "this whole sex in public thing was YOUR idea."

17 comments:

WILLIAM said...

And then the female pigeon asked if he would cuddle with her and his response was "I gotta go meet the guys at the Col. William Crawford Statue for some bread crumbs."

AirmanMom said...

bogart...Happy Tuesday!
Outstanding post!

~AM

The Maiden Metallurgist said...

Hahahahaha!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Pigeons DO IT? Who knew. I just thought they got rained on and spontaneously multiplied!

Hallie

for a different kind of girl said...

Those cheeky little pigeons!

Will you working any of that pigeon faithfulness into your vows?

:)

MaBunny said...

LMAO!!
I had a mating pair of cockatiels and it was funny when they would get going... they consistently hit their toy that I put in their cage ,and ding the bell on it - rhythmically - like woohoo look at we are doing! it was too funny.. my daughter would hear it and go gosh they are going at it again??

eclectic said...

No, no, no William, you've got it all wrong. The female pigeon DID ask him to cuddle, but he was already asleep.

Hilarious post, Bogart!

Katelin said...

hahahaha that's awesome. those sneaky sneaky birds!

Patience said...

dirty birds!

JP said...

Pigeons are winged rats...

Sue said...

too darn funny!

WILLIAM said...

Still time....

kimmy said...

Even pigeons yell at their mates? Who knew...

Thanks for the chuckle!

Kimmy

kalki said...

Great post. Hilarious! And then William's comment was icing on the cake...

Practically Joe said...

That story is not too much different from the time my wife and I got caught.
Please don't tell her I mentioned it.

Super Mega Dad said...

That was awesome! Really felt for those birds!

And that is SO marriage in a nutshell. If that boy bird had a TV, it would so be me!

The Outlet said...

THAT IS HILARIOUS.
Animals mating is kind of like your parents...you know they do it, but you're shocked and horrified to see any evidence.