The dove in the biblical account of Noah was likely the common ancestor of the modern-day homing pigeon

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And the ark rested in the seventh month, the seven and twentieth day of the month, upon the mountains of Armenia. And the waters were going and decreasing until the tenth month: for in the tenth month, the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.

And after that forty days were passed, Noah opening the window of the ark, which he had made, sent forth a raven: Which went forth and did not return, till the waters were dried up upon the earth.

He sent forth also a dove after him, to see if the waters had now ceased upon the face of the earth. But she not finding where her foot might rest, returned to him into the ark: for the waters were upon the whole earth: and he put forth his hand, and caught her, and brought her into the ark.

And having waited yet seven other days, he again sent forth the dove out of the ark. And she came to him in the evening carrying a bough of an olive tree, with green leaves, in her mouth. Noah therefore understood that the waters were ceased upon the earth. (Genesis 8:4-11)

Editor’s note: The raven – a scavenger – was probably busy enjoying a truly extraordinary “feast”.

Vatican: A bad omen or merely ruffled feathers?

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The Pope’s dove of peace; a ceremonial symbol used to mark the end of prayers, milestone events and to reflect the tranquility of the Christian faith.

All of these were thrown to the wind yesterday when a virtuous feathered friend was attacked by a sinister and (possibly) Satanic seagull.

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