|A pet pigeon in Plaza Bolivar.|
|A sea of pigeons in Plaza Bolivar|
What so much affection in Colombians for these flying scavengers? Perhaps it has something to do with the animals' scientific name: columbidae.
In Bogotá's Central Cemetery, pigeons flock to eat grains scattered around the statue of Leo Siegfried Kopp, the founder of the Bavaria beer brewery, who is revered as a saint by many.
|More than just economic interest: these photographers in the Plaza Bolivar cut a pigeon free from a piece of string.|
And for those who persist in calling them 'rats with wings,' here are some shots of a mommy pigeon feeding her baby (but not little) chick on the Plaza de Toros. I spotted the baby pigeon the other day. It'd apparently fallen from the nest, and I was afraid that it was doomed. But mommy is there, doing her duty.
|Mommy's on the right.|
|Here mommy opens her mouth so that baby can eat food regurgitated from her gullet. (Doesn't sound too apetizing, but then they would likely be repelled by the concept of breast feeding.)|
|Baby's getting bigger every day.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours