Doves rescued from New York tree

July 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- An antique worker says four of the albino ringtail doves found in a tree in New York will be able to stay at Vanderbilt Mansion until they recover.

Stefanie Rinza, managing director at Carlton Hobbs antiques, said the site will serve as a temporary home for four of the dozens of doves found hungry and tired in Flushing Meadow Park last weekend, the New York Post said Thursday.

"We really love them. We're going to look after them until they're well," Rinza said. "They're hungry and they're tired."

Eighteen other doves were also rescued at the park last Saturday and will be housed at other New York locations while 20 more remain on the loose.

Once the doves recover, they will be sent to live at an upstate New York farm, the Post said.

Rita McMahon of the Wild Bird Fund said the doves, which authorities suspect were released as part of a wedding ceremony, were likely not bred to survive in the wild.

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