The 10,000 pigeons selected to participate in the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1 were inspected for suspicious objects by security officials this week. Thoroughly inspected.
According to a tweet by People’s Daily, China’s government-sponsored newspaper, each of the birds was anally examined, ensuring they weren’t carrying, you know, suspicious things or whatever.
The sheer number of birds examined is hard to believe — not to mention the fact that there are some more important things going on in China right now, like mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The National Day is a public holiday marking the 65th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The Nanjing Daily reports that after the birds from Xicheng, Dongcheng, Chaoyang and Fengtai are loaded into a truck and transported to Tiananmen Square, they will be released there around sunrise for the ceremony as a sign of peace.
Peace for humans, horrific confusion for pigeons.