The Twisted Dove

A woman on the bus had a white dove in a cage. It was a rescue and she was taking it home. The dove could twist its neck almost 360 degrees, like an owl. I thought this was amazing. But the woman told me that the dove suffered from a disease called paramyxovirus—which effects a pigeon's nervous system and muscular function—where the bird's neck can not turn straight, making it almost impossible to feed itself. Normally, these doves are euthanized.

She said the dove has been doing better, with training. In the cage, however it struggled under stress.

I did these drawings when I got home. I couldn't get the image of this twisted dove out of my head. I couldn't imagine how it must've felt. Yet, I could somehow relate...


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