August 21, 2018 – A pair of baby “carrier” pigeons have been found in a secret nest aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sailed for the USA.
‘F-35’ and ‘Lightning’ were rescued by the crew and flown ashore to be handed over to the RSPCA.
The chicks were discovered – with no sign of their mother– shortly after the ship left Portsmouth on Saturday.
The chicks, estimated to be around ten days old, were found huddled together by a sailor who heard tweeting coming from a remote ledge high up on one of the ship’s boat decks.
A careful rescue plan was put in place and the chicks were brought into the warmth by sailors from the ship’s seamanship department.
After much research on ‘what baby pigeons eat’, they have been fed at regular intervals over 24 hours, with a mix of porridge and warm water, administered from a syringe provided by the ship’s Medical Centre with the tip of a latex glove attached.
The chicks’ beaks eagerly popped through a hole in the tip, hungrily sucking the porridge out, emulating the way they feed from their parents.