Welcome back to Pokemon vs Real Animals. Last time we looked at Beedrill and compared him to everyone’s favourite and friendliest insect, the wasp. This week I have chosen Pidgey, Pidgeotto and Pidgeot.
Each person in the world playing Pokemon Go will tell you that in their area they have a Pokemon that pops up more than any other. Well mine just so happens to be Pidgey. Believe it or not I see so many people wandering around my street playing Pokemon Go AND battling over the gyms. Well if you put down Pokemon and look around you may notice an actual animal called a pigeon. You know, the hated bird species often referred to as vermin of the sky or rat with wings?!
The Real Truth
Despite the reputation these beautiful birds have they may have a small brain but in fact, intelligent animals (being one animal that has passed the mirror self-recognition test), they are great navigators and also war heroes.
The Mirror Self-recognition Test
The mirror self-recognition test (or mirror test) is where an animal is placed in front of a mirror and the test is whether it recognises itself. The pigeon is one of 6 species to have passed this test and the only non mammal to have done so. Making them technically one of the most intelligent animals on the planet.
Pigeons in both WWI and WWII literally saved thousands of lives by carrying messages over hundreds of miles. These amazing birds were carried on convoys and ships, if these vessels were under attacks a messenger pigeon would be released carrying the details and saving lives in the process. They were also used behind enemy lines to carry valuable information back and forth. These are some of the things a lot of people do not know about these creatures. All they see is the bird that destroys statues across London. I say this all the time and I will keep on saying it, never judge a book by its cover!
Most birds have amazing navigational skills, pigeons in particular. When released hundreds of miles from their home they are able to return home within the day. How do they do it?
A 10 year study showed that pigeons use roads and free ways to navigate while other theories suggest they use the earth’s magnetic field.
I don’t care what anybody says, I think they are truly amazing birds.
Have I changed your mind on these so called rats with wings?