Homing pigeon aiming for Gateshead ends up in Alabama

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A prize-winning carrier pigeon that took an extremely wrong turn has ended up on the other side of the Atlantic.

When Bob left Guernsey three weeks ago he should have a smooth journey to Gateshead in the North East.

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Instead, he ended up on a transatlantic odyssey that took him all the way to Alabama, United States – more than 4,300 miles from his original destination.

Bob eventually showed up in Mexia, Monroe County, and caused a stir after refusing to leave an elderly gentleman’s home.

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Bob the Dove has landed in Alabama. Image: Monroe County Alabama Animal Shelter

The homeowner turned to the Monroe County Alabama Animal Shelter for help, and that’s where Bob’s wrong turn was discovered.

In a post on Facebook, the shelter said: “After arriving back at the shelter, both Monica and Megan Bryan began tracking down the owner.

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“They were able to get the numbers off the tape but also used our microchip scanner to help locate a website called the North of England Homing Union.

“The ladies are following the instructions and were immediately called back by the owner! 4000 miles away in North East England.

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“We are currently working on a game plan to return this champion pigeon to its owner who was delighted to hear from us.

“4000 miles! Wish us luck in bringing this lost stray home.”

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Bob the Dove has landed in Alabama. Image: Monroe County Alabama Animal Shelter

ITV News reports that Bob should be in good shape despite the long journey.

He’s slightly underweight, but an American vet believes that’s because he’s flown thousands of miles.

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