A highway exit ramp in Florida
was closed for about three hours after a flock of dozens of pigeons
fell from the back of a vehicle and scattered across the road, according to authorities.
According to a Facebook
post from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, reports of dozens of "white doves" flying
at cars on Interstate 95 near the International Speedway Boulevard exit began around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies responded to the scene with Volusia County Animal Services, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
and discovered the reported birds
were a flock of homing pigeons.
"It is believed a crate carrying up to 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck
, bursting open on the road," according to the sheriff's office. "Because birds roost at night, the pigeons stayed on the road until bright lights from vehicles startled the birds, causing them to fly into the air and create a hazard for drivers."
The exit ramp was closed for about three hours while authorities worked to round up the birds, capturing 73 of them and transporting them to Volusia County Animal Services.
The pigeons were not banded, and the vehicle carrying them was not identified, according to Animal Services officials, who are now appealing to the public for information on the pigeons' origins.