Lost racing pigeon saved by Navy out in Atlantic Ocean

  • 27 July 2013
Racing pigeon that got lost

A lost racing pigeon that was found 300 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean is heading back home to Teesside in England.

The bird was in a race across the English Channel, but made a wrong turn - and ended up landing on a Royal Navy ship.

Luckily, the leading seaman on board, William Hughes, is a pigeon fancier.

Leading seaman William Hughes with the lost pigeon
Leading seaman William Hughes with the lost pigeon

The crew of 185 sailors helped to look after the pigeon by feeding it and building a coop in the ship's hanger.

They even gave the pigeon a name, Paul - only to later discover that the bird was actually a female!

The pigeon is now being reunited with her owner, who says the bird will be retiring from racing.