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Bob The Pigeon, originally from Gateshead, took a surprise turn when he ended up in Alabama.

The pigeon was supposed to be flying from Guernsey to the North East, however, he got a little bit lost!

Bob’s journey back to homeland was set to take 10 hours before he went missing.

Credit: : Monroe County Alabama Animal Shelter

Bob was found be an elderly man who decided to call up the Animal Shelter. The staff at the shelter then used the pigeons microchip to track down his owner, called Alan.

The charity said:

”He is doing good, he is enjoying his food for sure. We had an elderly gentleman ask us for help, he told us he had a pigeon with bands show up at his Mexia home. The pigeon would not leave he decided to seek help. Crew member Monica Leigh Morris followed the man to his home and was able to safely catch this beautiful bird. After arriving back at the shelter both Monica and another crew member Megan Bryan started working on tracking down the owner. They were able to get the numbers off the band, but also used our microchip scanner to help track down a webpage called North of England Homing Union. The ladies follow the instructions and were immediately contacted back by the owner – 4,000 miles away in North East of England! We are currently working on a game plan to return this champion pigeon to its owner, which was extremely happy to hear from us.’’

Alan states that his prized pigeon must have landed on a ship before flying to Alabama.

The cost to bring Bob back could be between £2,500 and £3,000. However, this does not phase Alan, in which he describes his beloved bird as ‘very special’.

Both owner and bird have been reunited via webcam and he hopes to travel to the US to retrieve him.

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