A peculiar-looking pigeon, dubbed a ‘mutant pigeon’ due to its unusually large feet, has stirred quite a reaction among people online. A video of this unique bird has been circulating on social media, sparking a flurry of discussions and reactions.
In the video, the bird can be seen moving about with disproportionately large feet, giving the impression that it has been diligently working out for the past decade. The clip gained significant attention on the internet after an individual with expertise in pigeons, going by the name Pigeons TV, shared it on TikTok.
While some might jump to conclusions about genetic experiments or Frankenstein-like creations, this avian oddity is, in fact, not a mutant but rather a distinct pigeon breed. Like cats and dogs, pigeons come in various shapes, colors, and sizes. This particular breed is known as the English Pouter.
The English Pouter, scientifically known as Columba livia, has evolved over many years through selective breeding. It, along with other domesticated pigeon varieties, traces its lineage back to the rock pigeon.
The video of the pigeon, sporting an exceptionally inflated chest and strikingly large feet, quickly went viral, accumulating over 18.6 million views on TikTok. The video has also been shared on Twitter and Instagram, prompting a wide range of reactions.
Viewers expressed their bewilderment at the ‘mutant’ bird, with some questioning its identity and others speculating about its leg day routine. However, there were those who found the bird’s unique appearance intriguing, describing it as having an ‘interesting build’ and even likening it to a character from a cartoon.
In the end, this distinctive pigeon proved that nature’s diversity can lead to some truly astonishing and entertaining discoveries.