RIPR News
3:31 pm
Tue May 10, 2005

Pigeon Racing in Rhode Island

WRNI – They're probably best known for eating discarded food scraps and soiling public statues, but pigeons actually have a noble past and some people keep the birds as pets. Because they can find their way home from far away, and fly at up to seventy miles per hour, homing pigeons have been messenger carriers and racers for centuries. A pigeon delivered news of Napolean's defeat at Waterloo and pigeons carried important messages in both world wars. Although technology has replaced most uses for the homing pigeon, to the people that love and raise them, there's no substitute for a good pigeon race. Reporter Megan Hall tagged along with a new member of the Rhode Island Pigeon Club.