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Lollipop, hatched approximately 9/1/10, is a pretty king pigeon squeaker (baby) that, along with two others, was dumped at SF's Golden Gate Park on 10/2, presumably by somebody who bought them from a live food market (as squab) and thought they were helping her. (It is illegal and cruel to dump/release domestic animals into the wild where they suffer and die without human help.) She and the other two babies tried to hide in the reeds in the lake and, by the time they were rescued by SF ACOs, one was dead. I brought Lollipop and her sibling (I think) home to foster on 10/8.
Lollipop had a runny nose (sign of a respiratory infection) and so she and Picasso stayed in the house and had a course of Doxycycline-Tyson.
Picasso (dyed green for no good reason by someone in her prior life) squeaks at everything but Lollipop is a silent baby- very sweet and good natured.
Both were very happy to recover and move outside to the coop. Lolli loves to take baths and then lounge in the sun.
While Picasso is very wild and high-strung, Lollipop is much less with the histronics. She likes to know what I'm doing and comes over to check me out when I'm in the coop. She's a really nice bird. Below, she shares snuggle time with Cheryl with rollers Rascal and Betti.
Lollipop is available for adoption through MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue. E-mail me for more info at AdoptKings@gmail.com.
Lolli's interest in people and quietly confident nature inspired me to try her out as a new "demo pigeon" for taking to adoption fairs and rescue events. The first step was bringing her back in the house to hang out (after living a couple months outside in the coop) and she handled that just fine. Then I put a pair of pigeon pants on her and she did great! She didn't even walk funny. (The pictures below show her hanging out with doves Pierre and Lucia while they have their out-of-cage morning adventure. (Pierre was very attracted to Lolli in her pirate pants!)
Later that day I took her for a car ride and off to attend a meeting with me. Lollipop was so comfortable and nonplussed with the outing, that all she could focus on the whole time (that we weren't driving) was trying to take her pants off. (I'll have to try a little size adjustment to see if I can make them more comfy.) Lollipop is growing up to be a big, confident, very charming and very lovely king pigeon.