Bird Thugs Attack Pope's 'Peace Doves'
Seagull, crow apparently didn't get the peace memo
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2014 10:59 AM CST
A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer, is attacked by a black crow in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – It was supposed to be a nice moment: Pope Francis, in the course of calling for calm in the Ukraine today, had a couple of little kids release two doves over St. Peter's Square in a gesture of peace. But apparently in the animal world, as in the human world, we can't have nice moments: As tens of thousands of the faithful watched the birds take flight, a black crow and a seagull attacked the purportedly peaceful pair, with one losing some feathers and the other getting pecked repeatedly. As the AP notes, "It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off."

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Jan 30, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Hasn't the Newser staff been notified by the commie PC Police that "thug" is the new name for the "N-word"? They even had a picture of a thug black bird attacking a white bird. Shame on Newser for being racist.
Jan 27, 2014 11:31 AM CST
ha ha x999999999999999999999! reminds me of the one where they released a bunch of sea birds back to the sea with a big pr coverage and the birds were eaten by the sharks and other fish!
Jan 27, 2014 11:06 AM CST
The doves of peace encounter the reality of our world.