Red in Tooth and Claw

Dove on the runThere’s a lesson lying somewhere in this Haaretz story:

Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

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4 Responses to Red in Tooth and Claw

  1. Joe Bloch says:

    Odin and Njord are displeased.

  2. John says:

    A man goes to the zoo and sees a lion and lamb in the same area. The man asked the zookeeper why they were together. The zookeeper said, “We put the lion and lamb together as a sign of peace.” The man asked, “How do you prevent the lion from eating the lamb?”. The zookeeper said, “We don’t. We just toss in a new lamb every day.”

  3. Gwene Berman says:

    I suspect that the reactions of both seagulls and crows involved a certain inclination toward one or another form of “territoriality,” rather than being predatory in nature.

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