, Fla. (AP) — A Florida
exit off Interstate 95 was closed for three hours Wednesday after 100 homing pigeons
fell off a truck
and refused to move, posing a hazard to motorists.
According to Volusia County
officials, a crate containing 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck late Tuesday near Daytona Beach. Because the birds
roost at night, the pigeons stayed on the road until bright lights from vehicles startled them, causing them to fly into the air and create a hazard for drivers.
“It’s the worst-case scenario,” according to the news
release, “homing pigeons that can’t find their way home.”
Sheriff's deputies, state troopers, and animal service workers attempted to capture the pigeons, eventually recovering 73 fowl. Because the birds were not banded, their owner could not be determined immediately, according to officials.
“Our job is to help animals
find their way home, whether they’re covered in fur, scales, or in this case feathers,” Volusia County Animal Control Officer Alicia Dease
said. “We’re hoping someone out there has information on where these birds came from or the truck that was carrying them.”