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Oklahoma tornadoes: Racing pigeon lands in Edmond from Dallas after storm

Chisholm Elementary School students in Edmond named a wayward pigeon Lightning because it landed at their school after apparently traveling from Dallas in the storm.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: May 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013
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— Chisholm Elementary School staff members Tuesday were caring for an exhausted pigeon that landed on the playground after traveling from Dallas.

Peggy Carney's second-grade class first noticed the pigeon hanging around the gazebo area of the playground. When they went to investigate, they realized the bird had a tag on its leg connecting it to the Crestview Loft Racing Pigeon Rookery — in Dallas.

The rookery's manager Bob Stubbs told Chisholm representatives that the pigeon must have gotten caught in Monday's storm and ended up in Edmond from Dallas, Carney said. The experience left him too tired to fly.

“Kids named him Lightning because he came out of the storm,” the teacher added.

Stubbs told them that they should give the bird food and water and that “he'll find his way home,” Carney said.

So, Chisholm janitor Tracy Pearce went looking for food for the hungry pigeon and found it in an unlikely place: A craft project created by a group of third-graders involved birdseed. The third-graders burst into cheers when they learned their project would help the wayward bird, who began eating as soon as the seed was placed in the crate with it.

Carney said they were planning on connecting the bird with a group of people who raise racing pigeons to help the bird find its way home.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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