You thought pigeons were urban pests? WRONG. PIGEONS ARE AWESOME.
1. First of all, they are MAJESTIC CREATURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.
2. They are SO WORLDLY and well traveled.
3. In fact, you can find them pretty much everywhere.
4. They come in SO MANY delightful varieties.
Pictured from left to right are the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, the Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon, and the Common Wood Pigeon.
5. And they flock to the most refined cuisines.
6. Did we mention that they're war heroes?!
7. SERIOUSLY. WAR HEROES.
8. One pigeon named Cher Ami actually saved the lives of nearly 200 men during World War I. NOT A JOKE. HERE IS PROOF:
9. They are brave and fearless, even in this day and age.
10. They lay the cutest lil eggs...
11. ...and have the cutest lil babies.
12. They've been depicted in important historical works of art...
13. ...and are even smart enough to RECOGNIZE famous works of art.
In 1995, Japanese professors described an experiment in which pigeons were trained to distinguish between paintings by Monet and Picasso. Can most human beings even do that?!