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Australia Pigeon steals poppies to make its home at the Australian War Memorial

08:40  07 november  2019
08:40  07 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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The pigeon stole poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its new home . The memorial discovered its new resident pigeon ahead of National War Animals Day early next year, which the Canberra landmark will commemorate with activities on Sunday February 23, 2020.

A surprise tenant has made an unlikely home in the Australian War Memorial 's most solemn place of remembrance. The Hall of Memory has become host to a pigeon , which has stolen poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its nest.

a pile of stuffed animals: A pigeon has made its nest in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.© Ian Roach A pigeon has made its nest in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.

A surprise tenant has made an unlikely home in the Australian War Memorial's most solemn place of remembrance.

The Hall of Memory has become host to a pigeon, which has stolen poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its nest.

Photos show the pigeon nestling by the stained glass window of a wounded Australian soldier in a corner of the revered, mosaic-covered hall.

The wounded soldier symbolised the quality of "endurance", and the nest of poppies nearby was a "reminder of the powerful bond between man and beast on the battlefield", the war memorial said.

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The pigeon stole the poppies at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ahead of Remembrance Day, then built the nest under a stained-glass window. A poppy -pilfering pigeon made a red nest at a war memorial , and the photos are pretty patriotic.

Pigeon Steals Poppies To Make Its Home At The Australian War Memorial .

a bird standing on a wooden surface: The pigeon stole poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its new home.© Supplied The pigeon stole poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its new home.

While pigeons are unloved in some quarters, historian Dr Meleah Hampton said they had been used in both war and civilian life for centuries.

"Whenever we talk about animals in war, they are fulfilling a purpose or performing a task that people can't do easily on their own," she said.

"So we use horses for transporting people or pulling guns, and we use pigeons as an answer to our problems with communication.

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The pigeon has made its new home by stained glass windows in the Hall of Memory . Credit: Australian War Memorial . "The wounded soldier symbolises the defining quality of 'endurance', and the nest of poppies nearby is a poignant reminder of the powerful bond between man and beast on

A pigeon which made its nest among the poppies in the main site for commemorating the dead at the Australian War Memorial has now given birth to The original pigeon , presumably the mother of the newcomer, had set up home in the memorial 's Hall of Memory . It had taken poppies from the Tomb

"Particularly in the early wars, communication is really difficult. Wireless is in its absolute infancy in the First World War and telephone wires get broken apart in the shellfire on the Western Front.

"So pigeons are particularly of use in warfare when you've got a couple of men trying to get a message from where they are back to the backline; a pigeon can get that through sometimes when nothing else can."

Pigeons came back into use in the Second World War, a conflict that at face value appeared to involve only modern technology.

"We've got our trucks instead of horses, and wireless radio, and sophisticated radar signals, and all those sorts of things," Dr Hampton said.

"But particularly in the Pacific, the mountains and the humidity meant that the wireless radios didn't work very well," she said.

Pigeons were the most effective way of getting messages up and over ranges, and throughout the islands.

"The Australian Corps of Signals Pigeon Service was established, and thousands of birds were used to help solve the military's problems with communication."

The memorial discovered its new resident pigeon ahead of National War Animals Day early next year, which the Canberra landmark will commemorate with activities on Sunday February 23, 2020.

Canberra Times

Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary .
Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversaryThe pigeon has created the nest with the red flowers under the soft light of a stained glass window at The Australian War Memorial, the West Australian newspaper reported.

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