Pigeons spotted wearing cowboy hats in Las Vegas

Elias Hubbard
December 11, 2019

Hillman tells the Washington Post that she and her 30-year-old daughter have been driving around Las Vegas in an attempt to catch and help the birds. They began by canvassing known areas, where they handed out business cards and told passersby, "If you see them, feed them".

The animal rescuer said her team is trying to track the pigeons down to remove the hats.

While the video has generally been popular and became a viral meme, a nonprofit pigeon rescue called Lofty Hopes is concerned whether the hats had been glued to pigeons' heads, and whether or not the birds could be in any danger because of it. "I'm only 3 miles away and I'll come trap them", she said. "It's definitely glue", she told The Post of the adhesive used on the bird. "It will probably take a while to get [the glue] off, whether they molt or we remove it".

When a pigeon in a red hat was spotted, Hillman tracked it down.

Pigeons in Las Vegas have been spotted wearing tiny little cowboy hats. All of it remains a mystery.

For now, Hillman is focused on tracking down the birds and ensuring their safety.

Local news outlets have reported that a pigeon advocate and rescue group called Lofty Hopes are anxious about the pigeons' wellbeing, and how the cowboy hats may have a "negative impact on the pigeons". Others tipsters mentioned gray- and brown-capped birds, though Hillman has yet to find them. The Las Vegas Metropolitan police department told the New York Times it "does not appear to be a police matter at this time".

"I think the thing that I would emphasise is I can't see that it is causing any great harm to the pigeons", he said. "I just thought those pigeons with hats were cute". The hats are "certainly light enough", he told the Times. She also warned that the perpetrator's actions could have detrimental effects on the pigeons' welfare, and that they could have been misplaced from their original habitats. "It is hard to know, of course, because they will not talk to us". Hillman said. "Is it something that's going to impede their flight or attract predators?" "It's kind of insane", she added. "When we needed pigeons during wartime, they were regarded as heroes".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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