Pigeons spotted wearing cowboy hats in Las Vegas

Clay Curtis
December 12, 2019

Over the past two weeks, the city's residents have witnessed a startling, completely confounding sight: Pigeons - yes, pigeons - wearing miniature cowboy hats.

Opening with the exclamation: "These fucking birds have hats on, bro!", a repost of Bobby Lee's Facebook video of the pair has already garnered 2m views on Twitter. Lee says in the clip, which has since been viewed almost 90,000 times.

"They would've had to have trapped the pigeons to have done it", she said. "And then as I was leaving I [saw] him again and was able to get a video".

Lofty Hopes, a pigeon advocacy and rescue group, is working to safely remove the hats.

Pigeons wearing cowboy hats have been spotted roaming Las Vegas and the viral videos of the well-dressed birds have the internet talking - and at least one local charity trying to save them.

"When we saw them today, you could see some loose feathers in the glue around the hat", Mariah Hillman, the organization's co-founder, told CNN. "It's definitely a concern", she said.

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Some experts are less concerned though. The Las Vegas Metropolitan police department told the New York Times it "does not appear to be a police matter at this time".

"I think the thing that I would emphasize is I can't see that it is causing any great harm to the pigeons", Walcott said. She also warned that the perpetrator's actions could have detrimental effects on the pigeons' welfare, and that they could have been misplaced from their original habitats.

"When we needed pigeons during wartime, they were regarded as heroes".

The charity has even put a wanted poster out for the capture of the animals.

Although people have speculated the hats originated with an attendee of the National Finals Rodeo, which is now taking place in the city, the association has denied involvement, according to the New York Times, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it "does not appear to be a police matter".

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