Members examined the wings, tails, anuses and legs of each pigeon for “suspicious objects” and video recorded the process, the report said. Four trucks then took the birds about 4 miles east to Tiananmen Square at 25 mph to prevent carsickness.
Representing peace, the birds were released at Tiananmen Square during the flag rising at sunrise on Wednesday in honor of China’s National Day, which celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.
As carrier pigeons, the birds return to their owners in about 10 minutes, one member told the Beijing Times.
In 2013, Chinese state media also reported that 60,000 carrier pigeons were injected with a vaccine as a precaution against the H7N9 bird flu virus.
Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET