No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.
This pigeon, photographed on a roof in Netherthong, is pink.
The bird was spotted on Town Gate, next to All Saints Church, by Jayne Robertson.
Ms Robertson said: “It was actually in the road and had taken flight towards us.
“Initially I thought it was a parrot. We turned around to check on the bird and were amazed to find it was a bog standard pigeon which we believe someone had spray painted.
“We watched it for around five minutes perched on the roof of the house grooming itself.
“We laughed thinking nobody would believe us, hence why we took a photo for proof.”
A pigeon, died pink, was spotted in Darlington, County Durham, in February.
It is thought the bird – believed to be a domestic, rather than wild pigeon – has been dyed for a celebration or publicity stunt.
But the RSPCA condemned the action as ‘cruel and unnecessary’.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “This is a cruel and unnecessary thing to do to an animal.
“Dyeing a bird could cause allergic reactions and compromise the animals’ ability to communicate with other animals of its own and other species and make it more vulnerable to predators.”
A spokesperson for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) added: “It’s the same with albino birds. They tend to be more vulnerable to predators.
“But if it’s the bird that was seen in Darlington it can’t be doing too badly.”
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