A viral TikTok showing the heartwarming moment a pigeon “adopts” an unwitting customer in a UK pub has amassed 11.6million views, with the TikTokers sharing how they came to owning a pet pigeon.
“So I’m at the pub with my friends and this pigeon decides to sit on my lap,” explains the user, while footage of the pigeon resting on its knee plays in the background. “I heard from the staff that he wandered into the pub and people kicked him.”
According to the user, who posts under the name @realvintagedollshouse, she was told by local students they brought the pigeon to this pub after she became “disoriented” by people throwing her around.
As the footage switches to her carrying the dove home on her shoulder, the user adds, “I knew I couldn’t leave him behind, so I bought him home. Once he even fell asleep on me and was visibly exhausted.”
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Initially, the creator said she was worried the pigeon wouldn’t make it through the night, but the video, which showed a compilation of the pigeon’s progress over the next few days, showed the “tame” bird getting stronger and stronger.
Not only did she spend a lot of time on the TikToker’s shoulder while brushing her teeth and doing chores, but she also showed the pigeon happily flying again. She also gave viewers a look at the makeshift bedding and food she had provided for the animal.
The user ended the video by asking for viewers’ help, saying she wasn’t sure if she could keep the pigeon or if she would need to go to a sanctuary or be released back into the wild – but commenters were largely supportive, including many of them He asked the Creator to keep the dove as a pet.
“Pigeons fare better as pets than in the wild,” wrote one commenter. “You won’t harm him if you keep him.”
“He chose you,” added another commenter. “I think he wants to stay with you.” Another commenter noted that the video feels like “the beginning of a Disney movie.”
In the days since the video’s release, the TikToker seems to have decided to keep the pigeon as a pet – and even created a separate TikTok account for the animal under the name @comeonlittlepigeon.
The user did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment via Instagram direct message.
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*Initial Release: May 10, 2022 5:02 PM CDT
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