Pigeon lays eggs in nest of used drug needles

By Ben Hooper   |   May 4, 2017 at 11:26 AM
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May 4 (UPI) -- Police in British Columbia shared a photo of pigeon eggs laid in a nest the mother bird constructed out of used drug needles.

Vancouver Police Superintendent Michelle Davey tweeted a photo that was taken by an officer Tuesday during an inspection of a vacant room at an unidentified "single-resident occupancy hotel" in the Downtown Eastside part of the city.

The photo shows three white pigeon eggs laid in a nest of used drug needles in the room's sink.

"Pigeons spotted making a nest out of #needles in a #DTES SRO room. Sad reality of the #opioidcrisis #fentanyl #frontline #notstaged," Davey tweeted.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said the department wanted to draw attention to harm reduction efforts for those struggling with addiction.

"The picture was shared with the public to show the reality of drug use in the Downtown Eastside and to provide a rare glimpse into the lives of first responders, healthcare providers and others involved in the opioid crisis," Fincham told CTV News.

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