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July 26, 2007

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I think the deformities could be due to a number of things - inbreeding, physical damage caused by getting their toes or feet caught in rubbish in the water, pollutants in the water causing infection, and disease. Pigeons and other city birds are lovely to look at and charming to feed, but they are absolutely rife with disease. It's terribly sad, but with so many people to feed them they have a better chance of survival.

I'm not sure why they would be injured or have the deformities but the picture is gorgeous.

I found some suggested answers here:

http://ask.metafilter.com/64855/Pigeon-Toes

Seems like the most likely explanation is a staph infection.

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