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    In Paris, pigeons are victims of... hairdressers

    In Paris, pigeons are victims of... hairdressers

    In the capital, pigeons face many dangers and may end up crippled. The result of pollution, but also hairdressing salons. 


    This is a surprising study that was published this week in the journal Biological Conservation. If you cross a city pigeon with fewer fingers, it's because of humans and not an illness. He is the victim of our hair and other trash lying in the streets. In Paris or in other big cities of the world, the pigeons are legion, and many of them are crippled, amputated of one or more fingers, or with just a stump in the place of a paw. It is an accepted idea that these deformities are linked to diseases that eat away at their fingers, contributing to their bad reputation.

    But this is only an urban legend, says a team of French researchers from the National Museum of Natural History and Lyon-1 University. They screened hundreds of these birds at 46 sites in Paris. Result, according to them, the men are responsible, at least in part, of these mutilations: the more the district is polluted (pollution of the air, noise...) and more it is densely populated, more the pigeons are crippled.

    The surprising responsibility of hairdressers

    Even more striking, these birds are more often mutilated in the neighborhoods where the hairdressers, who throw the hair cut in the same bins where come feed the birds, are numerous. The reason is mechanical. "When the pigeons walk on the ground, hair or threads wrap around their ends and end up with a tourniquet on the finger, which necroses and falls," says the Museum, which points out that better management of our waste could "limit the suffering imposed on the fauna of the cities".

    The researchers note that pigeons, often considered a nuisance, are a kind of marker of the state of pollution of the urban environment. "The monitoring of urban pollution in large cities can rely on the feathers of pigeons, for example for traces of metals, but can also count on their fingers."

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