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Hundreds of racing pigeons vanish in ‘Bermuda triangle’ of birds

A flock of pigeons fly free as part of their racing training in Jhubei City, Hsinchu County on Feb. 5.

Photos: Lin Ya-ti, Taipei Times

Pigeon racers were mystified after hundreds birds disappeared in an area they have now dubbed the Bermuda Triangle.

Only 13 out of 232 birds released in Thirsk, North Yorkshire on Aug. 18 by a Scottish pigeon racing club made it back to Galashiels, Selkirkshire. It follows a summer in which a hundred more have vanished in the same area.

Keith Simpson, of the East Cleveland Federation, said pigeon racers across the region had all suffered massive losses since the season started in April — with many losing more than half of their birds.

Some fanciers are considering stopping flying the birds until they establish why so many have failed to return.

The loss of homing pigeons, which can be worth up to 200,000 pounds (US$320,000), has baffled experts, but the most popular theory is the abnormal number of summer showers, sending birds off course as they attempt to fly around the downpours.

Unusually high levels of solar activity distorting magnetic fields and even signals from Menwith Hill spy base, near Harrogate, an electronic monitoring station, have also been blamed.

(Liberty Times)









1. mystified adj.

困惑的 (kun4 huo4 de5)

例: She had a mystified look on her face.


2. off course adj.

偏離航線 (pian1 li2 hang2 xian4)

例: Strong cross-winds blew the aircraft off course.


3. baffle v.

使困惑;阻撓 (shi3 kun4 huo4; zu3 nao2)

例: We fully expect him to do everything in his power to baffle us.


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