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Lost: One Pet Pigeon

His name is Pilot, he's tame and friendly, and his owner wants him back.

Recently, Parkdale residents have been noticing some unusual signs: “Lost pet pigeon,” they read, “very tame. Will pay reward for safe return or tips leading to it. Owners are devastated.”

This is not a joke: Janelle Landoli loves her pigeon and wants him home as soon as possible.

Six months ago, she was walking along Bloor Street when she noticed pest control workers removing a pigeon nest—nearby, she saw one dead baby pigeon and another barely alive. She’d had pet pigeons in the past, and didn’t hesitate to scoop this one up and take it home, where she nursed it back to health, waking up every four hours to bottle-feed it.

Her efforts were rewarded: Pilot became a loyal and affectionate pet. “He rides my dog’s back,” Landoli says, “knocks on doors, dives into the sink to have baths, gives you kisses…”

Although he stayed inside over the course of the winter, Landoli has been taking him outside so he can practice his flying. He usually doesn’t go far. But on April 12, during a trip to the park, he was caught by a gust of wind and carried away. “His flying skills are not amazing,” says Landoli. He was last spotted on Queen Street between Dufferin and Ossington, trying to land.

So If you see the pigeon below (and we will take no “all pigeons look the same” guff from you), you should contact Janelle at (416) 579-5594 or janelle_i@hotmail.com.

Photo courtesy of Janelle Iandoli.

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  • SMK

    My family raised pigeons, they are great pets! I hope you find him!

  • Canadianskeezix

    I find “lost pet” signs to be heartbreaking. Sending good thoughts Janelle and Pilot’s way.