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Man Nurses Shot Pigeon Back To Health — But She Refuses To Leave!

A man holds a pigeon in his hands, ready to release her.

After months of caring for a wounded pigeon, the couple who rescued her was prepared to release her into the wild. Even the veterinarian had agreed that the bird was sufficiently recovered from her injury (she’d been shot with an airsoft rifle.) Kayla Tucker filmed her husband giving the patient an emotional sendoff, expecting their feathered friend to soar away. However, when it came time to say goodbye, the bird flew right back into the couple’s house!

A man holds a pigeon in his hands, ready to release her.
Screengrab from Kayla Tucker/TikTok

According to Kayla’s caption, the vet had warned them that the pigeon might not actually want to leave. Still, the couple had figured that the bird would be excited to regain her freedom. Kayla said she was planning to try again another day, but one commenter on the video noted that it might not be that easy.

“Good luck,” they wrote. “My cousins have had an accidental pet pigeon for like 10 years.”

Watch the video below to see this bird’s not-so-successful release!


This pigeon was shot with an airsoft rifle but survived. She couldn’t fly and had a bad wound so we recused her and after a couple months the vet cleared her but also said she might not leave. So we let her go today and this happened. We will try again in hopes she will go but today she made it obvious she doesn’t want to leave. I thought for sure she would just fly away. #pigeon #birds #rescue

♬ original sound – Kayla Tucker

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