August 30, 2006

Feathers fly in Australian pigeon punch-up

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Four people ended up in hospital and
another four were injured after feathers flew in a dispute over
a racing pigeon on Wednesday, Australian police said.

Police were called after a fight broke out between two
families of pigeon fanciers in a suburb of the southern city of
Melbourne over ownership of the prized bird. Four people were
taken to hospital after suffering cuts to their heads and hands
in the avian affray. Another four people received minor
injuries that were treated at the scene.

Victoria state police said they were questioning nine

A spokeswoman said the pigeon punch-up was one of the most
unusual incidents that officers had been called to resolve.

"It's a dispute over property but it just so happens that
the property this time is a pigeon," the police spokeswoman

The Herald Sun newspaper reported that the bird at the
center of the dispute flew away during the fight.