Pigeon Builds A Nest After Sᴛᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ Poppies From An Unknown Soldier’s GʀᴀᴠᴇSince early October, the staff of the Australian Wᴀʀ Mᴇᴍᴏʀɪᴀʟ located in Canberra has noticed a strange incident. For a while, the poppies from an unknown soldier’s Gʀᴀᴠᴇ have been disappearing one by one. It took them some time to figure out the culprit which turned out to be a pigeon. The bird has been picking the flowers from the Tᴏᴍʙ to build a stunning, colorful nest by a stained glass window at the Wᴀʀ memorial. The beautiful nest lead-up to Remembrance Day commemorations that are held on November 11th.
TORONTO – A pigeon has been Sᴛᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ poppies from the Tᴏᴍʙ of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian Wᴀʀ Mᴇᴍᴏʀɪᴀʟ in Canberra and making a nest out of the flowers in the alcove of a stained glass window.
“Each day the pigeon has been flying down… to sᴛᴇᴀʟ poppies, carefully crafting a nest in the lead-up to Remembrance Day in an alcove above the stained-glass window of a ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅᴇᴅ Australian soldier,” the website for the Australian Wᴀʀ Mᴇᴍᴏʀɪᴀʟ reads.
Marked each November 11, Remembrance Day commemorates soldiers who have ᴅɪᴇᴅ in armed ᴄᴏɴꜰʟɪᴄᴛ. Red poppies are worn and placed at memorials to remember their sᴀᴄʀɪꜰɪᴄᴇ.
We know that pigeons are considered unpleasant to humans, but they have been used as allies in battle. Back in the day, we didn’t have any means of communication like phones or anything else. Thus, pigeons were used in Wᴀʀ as a means of communication to send your information to and from one place to another.
During the Second World Wᴀʀ, 32 pigeons received the PDSA Dickin Medal, which is awarded to any animal that demonstrates courage and devotion to duty.
Some people commented that:
– Interesting that pigeons were used in WW2 for intelligence! I’m sure this one is honoring her loved ones too!
– Pigeons played a very important part in the Wᴀʀ
– I’m sure all those honoured and remembered by the placing of the poppies would be delighted to see them being made into a beautiful home.