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THE MENAGERIE AT THE PORCH
PIGEONS

DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD PIGEONS

...The inhabitants of the streets-the rock doves perched deftly avoid the wheels of vehicles, begging and hosted on the balcony at home. And it would seem that they all Tran area is grass! But no - they often get sick. The nose picks up, then bronchitis. Or you stomach, after eating salt, which the wipers in the winter strew the streets (because of this, birds often may get frostbite of the feet).

Harmless looking sisar able to bring to our house hill today: to infect people with psittacosis (picture of this disease are similar to pneumonia). Not all birds can die from psittacosis. Some, after some disease become virus carriers: the virus remains in their faeces and nasal mucus. So to treat the dove with it, might be nice, but unsafe. And you do not need to be moved when the baby is feeding pigeons with tattered feathers and tail, stained gray discharge.

In some cities doves now visible-invisible. They defile the monuments and eaves, hanging near canteens and cafes, and do not disdain nor meat pies or ice cream. And all this does not improve the sanitary condition of the streets. To reduce the number of birds of hangers-on, the Americans, for example, was added to the feed drugs, reducing their fertility.

...In the old days in Moscow pigeons was not so much. They are not frightened by the ringing of bells, and "God bird" arranged nests right on the steps of the bell towers. They lived in a quaint turrets Petrovsky Palace (Petrovsko-Razumovsky), made especially for them. In the first week of lent, on both sides of the huge stone bridge was built vegetable market, where there was a traditional feeding pigeons (remember the picture of K. Yuon "Feeding the pigeons on the red square")...

By the mid-forties of our century Moscow rock doves perched survived only in some places on the Arbat, Solyanka and new Basmannaya street. The most dense flock hung near the restaurant "Aurora", where birds were fed the workers of the restaurant. These few pigeons and became the ancestors of a new invasion of birds. Century as Rhylin specially interested in this story, wrote that in the scientific publications of those years appeared even the houses where they lived birds. Now this list could go on voluminous cygiso.

In Moscow in the mid-fifties all enjoyed the pigeons. In the largest flocks was then 20-30 birds. For them, building houses, squares diligently fed. In 1960, the population exceeded 160 thousand. When the pigeons began everywhere to getting under the feet, pigeon disappeared with squares and squares. But to stop the "feathered occupation" of the city failed. How many of them are now hardly known: Moscow is growing rapidly, and doves fill the new quarters, where pensioners vying feed them bread, cereal, potatoes. Meanwhile, the special brigade of the city veterinary services are rapidly breeding vermin.

Comrades, do not thoughtlessly to promote growth of pigeon flocks! Everything is good in moderation.

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