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Thursday, March 20, 2008

When Pigeon Meets Syringe

posted by on March 20 at 11:12 AM

This just in from Hot Tipper Melyssa:

Today on 3rd and Union, right in front of Wild Ginger, a pigeon was running around with a drug needle completely stuck through its head like an arrow, trying to get it out. It was stuck right under the chin and about 3 inches out the other side. How the fuck does that even happen?! I stood and stared and tried to share the disgusting sight with passersby but no one even looked. It tops the crow I saw two years ago in almost the same spot feasting on a dead rat’s eyeball. What a clean city!

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It's really only a hygiene problem if the pigeon is sharing that needle.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 20, 2008 11:15 AM

Yesterday, on the sidewalk, next to the rubble that used to be Kincora, Manray, and such... I saw what appeared to be a mummified rat.

Pretty much like this:

It's no pigeon with a syringe in it's head, but damn...

Posted by JC | March 20, 2008 11:19 AM

Yes, things like this NEVER happen in other big cities - in NYC the rats of course are so big they can actually order table-service instead of dining al fresco, and in our sister-city to the north, Vancouver, the pigeons are allowed to use the city-sponsored "shooting galleries" to partake of their smack.

Clearly, we poor, provincial Seattleites will never earn the cache of being a "world class city" until we can provide similar amenities for our urban vermin.

Posted by COMTE | March 20, 2008 11:19 AM

I'd really be interested in what our return on investment is in this city. I feel as though I'm paying a lot in taxes (and parking tickets) and getting very little in return in the way of services. I love the library, but the port is corrupted, the police don't seem to be protecting us and the Seattle schools are terrible. I hate to sound like a broken record, but our mayor is corrupt and incompetent.

Posted by left coast | March 20, 2008 11:26 AM

I recall once seeing around 2nd and Pike a couple of pigeons dining on old fried chicken. It was a pretty disturbing sight but I think the pigeon with the needle has topped that.

Posted by gfrancie | March 20, 2008 11:28 AM

@4: At least all of Seattle's parking enforcement officers have Segways (at $8,000 apiece) to prevent them from having to walk from meter to meter!

Posted by Dr. Savage Mudede | March 20, 2008 11:39 AM

She should've stepped on it to put the poor thing out of its misery. Lordy!

Posted by Michigan Matt | March 20, 2008 12:02 PM

I wonder what it says about me that what bothers me about this post is that the poor pigeon was probably in a lot of pain and I don't know if someone stopped and helped it get the needle out.

Posted by Jo | March 20, 2008 12:16 PM

Last week, I walked past two puddles vomit, both presumably emanating from the same person. It contained undigested chunks of bread, and there was so much vomit, it pretty much covered the entire sidewalk.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 20, 2008 12:33 PM

I say better the pigeon getting stuck with it than the pigeon AND someone trying to yank it out.
This is very eww. Now I know why everyone says pigeons are dirty birds!

Posted by Trish | March 20, 2008 12:39 PM

I actually saw that pigeon in right about the same place a week or two ago. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me because I just saw it quickly. This is, I suppose, confirmation that I wasn't going crazy. So, for what it's worth, it appears to be a chronic condition for this pigeon rather than a fatal one (or if fatal, at least not immediately so).

Posted by Andrew | March 20, 2008 12:42 PM

Yeah, well you try being a pigeon and shooting up, David. First you've got these tiny little legs you've got to find a vein in. Then you've got to try to hold the syringe with a frigging wing. And you've got the pigeon-parkinsons head bobbing crap going on all the time. Of course you'd stick yourself in the head with a needle every now and then.

Posted by kinaidos | March 20, 2008 12:46 PM

Sometimes it's worse to be unlucky than stupid.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 20, 2008 1:11 PM

Hot tipper Melyssa seems to be a somewhat callous hot tipper - her primary comments were "disgusting" and "what a clean (sarcasm) city."
Who cares about how it might threaten our sense of "sanitary."
What about that poor pigeon?

And crows are omnivores, and scavengers to boot. Seattle has a big rat problem. We're pretty lucky that crows are around to clean up such "messes."

Posted by onion | March 20, 2008 1:20 PM

I can't wait to see this bird on Intervention!

Posted by DJSauvage | March 20, 2008 1:34 PM

"Poor pigeon"? Geez, get a grip.

Posted by Fnarf | March 20, 2008 1:54 PM

What, Fnarf, "insignificant, dummy pigeon"?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 20, 2008 2:16 PM

there should be a black metal song about this. awesome.

Posted by dre | March 20, 2008 2:31 PM

I saw that same bird (or another one with the same affliction) a week or so ago at the 3rd and Union bus stop as well. Two junkies were laughing at it. It sorta felt like they had something to do with it.

Posted by dj girth | March 20, 2008 2:41 PM

I nominate this pigeon as the official mascot of Seattle.

Posted by JC | March 20, 2008 2:45 PM

Does your cell phone NOT have a camera on it?

This just screams "Flickr Photo of the Day"

Posted by monkey | March 20, 2008 2:49 PM

Jesus fuck. This pigeon has been walking around like this for three weeks and at least three Sloggers have seen it and fucking NO ONE in Seattle has helped it? I am ashamed to be a human being.

Posted by greendyke | March 20, 2008 3:08 PM


All kidding aside, you ever try to catch a pigeon? Even one with a needle sticking out of its head is going to be nigh-on impossible to corral, and frankly, I personally wouldn't feel all that comfortable trying to wrap my hands around a squirming bird with the business end of somebody's works pointing in my direction.

And while it may seem callous and inhumane, I would point out that the poor bird is apparently surviving, so that says something for the resiliency of columba livia.

Posted by COMTE | March 20, 2008 3:18 PM

I'm gonna stop at Kentucky Fried Pigeon on the way home from work. As I down the entire bucket of pigeon, I won't feel even one small pang of guilt. I wonder of you can get a buzz from eating a freshly injected pigeon...?

Posted by wbrproductions | March 20, 2008 3:20 PM

@22: Who the hell is going to pull a dirty syringe out of a dirty pigeon? That's like asking for a disease. You wanna try and pry a used needle out of a flapping bird?

Posted by JC | March 20, 2008 3:20 PM

@22: I apologize for laughing when your post made me picture a female Jolly green giant chasing a bird with a needle in it's head.

Posted by DJSauvage | March 20, 2008 3:40 PM


Posted by j bomb | March 20, 2008 4:14 PM

What, you've never seen a pigeon get mercilessly squashed by the front tires of a Metro bus? You've never seen one get run over by a sppeding car while the pigeon was trying to woo a mate? Never seen one whose body was crushed but the head was still intact so that all it could do was squirm until it died?

They're STUPID birds. The only way you can deal with seeing this kind of shit is to turn away and try to forget. And call them "stupid."

I mean, of course there are some humans that are stupid enough to try and mate in the middle of the road, but they're more likely to be avoided by traffic. Or arrested. Never seen one of Seattle's Finest trying to haul a bird to the cage, believe me.

Posted by kanicholas | March 27, 2008 10:12 PM

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