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Birds attack peace doves freed from Pope's window

Pope's Dove Of Peace Attacked By Seagull

VATICAN CITY (AP) - 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.

While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.

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gabesphoto January 26 2014 at 12:22 PM

With all due respect a professonal Falconer should be consulted before releasing Peace Doves from the Vatican. We have similar issues here in San Diego...

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tandu44 January 26 2014 at 2:34 PM

Symbolic and an omen

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audiopulse January 26 2014 at 9:06 PM

Reminds me of the white dove scene friom "Mars Attacks!"

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Duncan January 26 2014 at 9:08 PM

99% of the time real doves are not used as they are hard to keep in captivity...but the birds are actually white homing pidgeons most of the time and they are natural prey for crows and gulls...

PS...it isn't "seagull"...but rather "gulls"...

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mtunney January 26 2014 at 12:02 PM

Seagulls and crows are scavengers. They probably thought they were a couple of Big Mac wrappers being flung out the window and went for them.

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Lazaraescudaro January 26 2014 at 5:15 PM

Who freed the hungry predators?

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annedyth Lazaraescudaro January 26 2014 at 6:05 PM

Where ever humans leave the garbage or trash, you find things to eat it. Crows, rats, seagulls, roaches and other scavengers.

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Matt January 26 2014 at 9:12 PM

Im glad i just watched a video of a picture, what a waste of time

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JIM Matt January 26 2014 at 10:09 PM

Matt, you're repeating yourself.

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jwatson611 January 26 2014 at 12:01 PM

I dislike crows, they are the bottom feeders of the bird world to me. Seagulls can be very aggressive birds. I live on the coast and seagulls are part of my world and I see how aggressive they can be.

I hate to see these beautiful white doves in fear for their lives like this. Very disturbing.

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tlpk007 jwatson611 January 26 2014 at 12:05 PM

While it's unfortunate, this is nature's way. I had a bit of a phobia about crows. Then I watched a 2-hour documentary on a study about crows. My mind changed quickly. They're NOT the bottom feeders of the bird world. In fact, completely opposite, they're the smartest bird species there is. They figure out puzzles quickly on their own, they adapt to all environments and use the resources available to them. They recognize faces and words. They're truly fascinating birds once you learn about them.

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dick.gassen jwatson611 January 26 2014 at 12:07 PM

But crows have their rightful place in the grand scheme of things, what scientists call the ecosystem. Eliminate them and heaven knows what terrible catastrophe might befall us.

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edcantarella January 26 2014 at 9:34 PM

The crow has been associated with evil for ages. The gull is an eater of filth and follows mankind wherever he is working. I take this as a just another attack by the Prince of the Air on this doves of peace - even if they are homing pigeons.

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jejozi edcantarella January 26 2014 at 10:01 PM

And doves are just fancy pigeons, the rats of the air. JFC, people, it was nature at work, nothing more.

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John January 26 2014 at 9:45 PM

the forces of good and evil at work again.

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