Lost Pigeon Killed Before His Voyage Home

A Homing pigeon lost in Gilmer captured the hearts of ETMC employees and scored himself a free trip home. But all hopes of Birdnard the pigeon making it home to North Carolina were dashed when he was shot Wednesday.

The pigeon was killed just thirty minutes before his story appeared on Channel 7 News. Hospital workers caring for the pigeon traced him back to the East Coast using a numbered tag on his foot. They were just waiting for a special box to arrive before shipping him.

Authorities are investigating the bird's death as an animal cruelty case. If you have any information, you're encouraged to call Gilmer Police or local game wardens.