the wongderful world of pigeons
it is night.all is quiet .the soldiers are asleep while a quard watches ror theenemy .there is a flash ,and the sound of guns! They are being attacked! Hundredsof enemy soldiers rush towards them. They are all going to be killed unless they get help.What should they do?
An officer writes a short message quickly on a small piece of paper :'Being attacked! Hurry!'
He rolls up the paper and puts it into a small case, and then reashes into a cage and gets a bird.Attaching the message to its leg,he sets the bird loose.It immediately flies into the air and disappers in the dark.
Wll the bird arrive in time? Will they be saved?
Though it may seem hard to believe,the bird the officer uses is the same bird often seen in public parks -the pigeon. PIgeons have a wonderful sense of direction and can find their way home over long distances. Indeed,pigeons have been known to fly home from as far away as 1,800 kilometres.That is why pigeons have been used since ancident times to carry the news or even the mail.However,it was in war that they found their greatest use.During both World War I and II, pigeons were employed by armies to carry messages to and from the front lines,saving the lives of many soldiers and even helping with some important victories.
How do pigeons find their way? Pigeons appear to have a compass inside them that tells them which way is north. How this compass works remains a mystery. Of course, since a compass alone is not enough to find one's way,they also appear to use their sight and even their sense of semll to tell them which way they should go.Unlike humans,they never get lost and can always find their way home.