Wrong-way homing pigeon ends up at police station

EPPING, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that
went the wrong way in a race. But the bird didn’t go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its
ability to navigate.

For now, the pigeon is hanging out at the Epping Police Department, waiting for sunny weather. He rested
in a box and ate popcorn Wednesday night.

The 4-month-old pigeon showed up Monday after getting lost in a race from New York to its home in New
Braintree, Massachusetts.

Police contacted the bird’s owner and kept it safe before releasing it Tuesday. But the pigeon only flew
a few miles. The bird, which had a tag on its foot that said, "I left the Epping Police Department
at 8:40 a.m. on 9/30/14," was returned to police.

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