Freaky Frillback Pigeon
I ran across this image on the internet, and it caught my eye. My first thought about this bird was that was indeed “freaky”. Although birds exist in a myriad of different forms, this was the first I’ve ever seen that wasn’t, well, “streamlined” in design for efficient flight. Even the flightless birds have a certain smooth gracefulness about them.
In researching the Frillback Pigeon I learned immediately that it “evolved” through man’s tinkering with selective breeding. Now don’t get me wrong – selective breeding has produced many wonderful things from highly productive crops that help to feed the world to a vast array of dazzling flower breeds. I’m all in favor of using selective breeding to improve the positive qualities of earth’s plants and animals. (As opposed to the abomination of Genetically Modified foods, plants, and animals which are threatening to kill us all so the big “Pharma” companies can get richer faster.)
The thing that bugs me is that some people use selective breeding to change animals to “improve” their “beauty” – even if it means producing something that is “unnatural” or even unhealthy. Common examples of this are often found in dogs and cats whose appearance is downright ugly to most nature lovers. For example hairless or grossly wrinkled dogs, or those with legs so short they move more like lizards than dogs. Or cats whose faces look like they ran into a brick wall at high speeds. These seem to be beautiful to some people. Or maybe they just wanted to produce a “deformed” breed to get a name for themselves, or to make money breeding more of the poor animals. Next will probably be six-legged creatures that look like cute furry insects curled up on our laps.
Can you tell I’m not really in favor of pigeons with deformed feathers? Anyway, here’s some more photos so you won’t be so shocked to see one show up at your bird feeder. I’m sure some will regard them as beautiful.
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