Nest he forgets! Mysterious disappearance of War Memorial poppies is resolved when it appears that a PIGEON has stolen them to build his house
- Employees of the memorial noticed that the poppies disappeared from a grave
- Maintenance employee saw the nest weeks later in a niche above a window
- Pigeons were used as messengers during the first and second world war
The mystery behind the missing War Memorial poppies has finally been solved after it turned out to be a pigeon stealing the flowers to build a nest.
Employees who worked at the memorial in Canberra had their heads scratched after seeing the poppies disappear from the grave of an unknown Australian soldier in early October.
But a maintenance worker saw the carefully crafted nest in a niche above the stained glass window of an injured soldier on October 25 and told the staff.
A cheeky pigeon has built a nest (photo) with a set of stolen poppies from the grave of an unknown Australian soldier at the war memorial
Pigeons were widely used as messengers during the First and Second World War, according to historian Dr. Meleah Hampton.
& # 39; When we talk about animals at war, they fulfill a purpose or perform a task that people cannot easily do alone, & # 39; said Dr. Hampton.
& # 39; Communication is particularly difficult in the early wars. Wireless is still in its infancy during the First World War and telephone wires break apart in the grenade fire on the West Front.
& # 39; So pigeons are especially useful in warfare when you try to get a few men from where they are back; a pigeon can sometimes get through it, while nothing else can. & # 39;
Two Australian pigeons received the Dickin medal for their actions during the war.
The medal is usually called the Victoria Cross and is awarded for animals that show dedication and duty during the war.
A pigeon (photo) sees a poppy nest from the grave of an Australian soldier to build her nest
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