Perplexed pigeons put US drivers in a flap

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The roosting pigeons settle in next to Florida's busy Interstate 95 highway.
Camera IconThe roosting pigeons settle in next to Florida's busy Interstate 95 highway. Credit: AP

An exit off a major road in Florida has had to be closed for three hours after 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck and refused to move, posing a driving hazard to motorists.

A crate carrying the pigeons flew free of its transport on Tuesday evening on Interstate 95 near Daytona Beach.

Because the birds roost at night, the pigeons settled down on the road until bright lights from passing vehicles startled them, causing them to fly into the air and put drivers in a flap.

"It's the worst-case scenario - homing pigeons that can't find their home," a statement from officials at Volusia County said.

Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and animal service workers attempted to capture the pigeons, ultimately recovering 73.

The birds were not banded so their owner was not immediately determined, officials said.

"Our job is to help animals find their way home, whether they're covered in fur, scales, or in this case feathers," said Volusia County animal control officer Alicia Dease.

"We're hoping someone out there might have information on where these birds came from or the truck that was carrying them."

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