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Pigeons 'beheaded and eaten' in Swede's kitchen

Pigeons 'beheaded and eaten' in Swede's kitchen

Published: 31 Jan 2012 16:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 31 Jan 2012 16:12 GMT+01:00

Pigeon owners in southern Sweden were met with a gruesome sight when they found their pet birds decapitated and apparently eaten by a mystery intruder.

“This is sick and barbaric,” said the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, to local newspaper Jnytt.

The bird coop, in the town of Råslätt, outside Jönköping in central Sweden, had been brutally broken into with a crowbar, and the pigeons had been taken out, slaughtered and eaten on site.

“It feels horrible. There was blood and feathers everywhere,” the woman told the paper.

Police have not yet made any arrests, yet it seems clear that the birds were decapitated, de-feathered, and ingested in a recreational kitchen that adjoins the pigeon coop.

Left behind were the birds’ heads, claws, feathers, bones, blood and guts, as well as the unwashed saucepans, cutlery and a plate.

Police photographs show floors stained by blood from the unfortunate avian victims and the fridge in the kitchen littered with pigeon remains; wings, feathers and blood splattered about.

The investigation also points to the pigeons being boiled before they were eaten.

According to the paper, the coop owner is still in shock and has not seen anything remotely similar in the 15 years she has owned the facility.

Jönköping police have taken DNA samples from the used plate, and are labelling the crime as theft and vandalism.

The birds themselves were not ordinary pigeons, but rather specially bred homing pigeons that had been used in competition and can cost upwards of 1,000 kronor ($150) each.

According to the paper, the thief killed at least 12 birds, and took several more to go.

Police are interested in hearing any information from the general public that could lead to finding those responsible for the crime, or to the discovery of the remaining birds believed to have been abducted by the intruder.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:58 January 31, 2012 by skogsbo
homeless person? "unwashed pans" quality comment, as if they were going to wash up as well!

Perhaps they should vet after google translating and swap ingested for "presumably eaten".
07:58 February 1, 2012 by Dupree
"... the thief killed at least 12 birds, and took several more to go."

Not funny 'The Local'. It's still a crime, and therefore distressing to those involved, as any victim would attest to.

Try growing up.
17:53 February 3, 2012 by Lotus2035
Is Ozzy Osbourne in town?
20:47 February 3, 2012 by tadchem
It would have been 'barbaric' to eat them with the heads attached.

A restaurant near my home charges that much for Roasted Duck.

A foul deed at any rate.
12:05 February 11, 2012 by philster61
In memory of the headless cooked and no doubt tasty pigeons, I shall watch Blackadder: Corporal Punishment: Where Blackadder shoots and eats "Speckled Jim," The valuable carrier pigeon and close personal and only friend of General Anthony Cecil Hogmany Melchett....... beeeeeeejjjj
19:41 February 17, 2012 by mcarroll1
Pidgeons are better fried in a little butter and served with a red wine sauce. They dont taste so good boiled unless you make a nice casserole with root veg and bouquet garni. It is a poor man's dish nowadays though. Sorry for the pidgeon fanciers and their racing birds. Someone fancied them more it seems.
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