Pigeons on the Pill
From the "Now I've Heard Everything" desk here at BOTB, comes the news that rock pigeons in Hollywood, California will now be ingesting birth control drugs placed in pigeon food that human Angelenos will put out for them. The drug is called OvoControl P and it inhibits egg production in female birds.
First, a serious question:
I know pigeon poop on your brand-new Mercedes ragtop or plopped into your double venti Mocha, half-caf, soy Chai latte is a huge, gnarly bummer, but is anybody thinking about the Cooper's hawks that will eat these semi-sterile pigeons? Will the drug affect them?
Are we getting ourselves into one of those situations where we throw a chemical solution at a small problem and this causes a more serious problem? Spraying for gypsy moths in New England had a catastrophic effect on the nightjar population there.
Even non-chemical solutions can have an unforeseen but devastating impact: The introduction of the house sparrow from Europe was meant to control the infestation of wire worms in the East--now we've got an infestation of house sparrows.
And now, some stupid jokes (which came immediately to mind)
- If you ask me, that's taking the 'rock' right out of rock pigeon. Get the AOU on the line....
- If this pigeon ain't rockin' don't bother knockin'
- This opens up a new product opportunity for the animal drug industry: Pigeon Viagra.
I'll welcome your comments on this post.
I'm sure there are some other good pigeons-on-the-pill jokes out there...