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Mum stunned as bright pink PIGEON lands outside her window as theories run wild

The woman who spotted the unusual looking bird out of the window thought she was hallucinating when visiting her mum in Nelson, Lancashire

The bird was part of a flock that had come down to peck at the soil
The pink bird is an incredible sight

A woman was left shocked after spotting a bright pink pigeon outside her mum’s window in Lancashire last week.

37-year-old Kelly Lunney was at her mum’s flat on Thursday last week before noticing the fluorescent creature land in the communal garden.

Despite some sceptics believing people could have dyed the bird, Kelly believes it could be a Nesoenas Mayeri pink pigeon which is native to Mauritius.

There are only around 500 of the birds left in the world, and traditionally they have a peachy-coloured breast and back, a rust-coloured tail and a dark pink beak.

The incredible bright pink bird was part of a flock that had flown down to peck at the soil which is when Kelly noticed it.

A mum said she was ‘shocked’ when she looked out of the window to see possibly one of the UK’s rarest birds
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Left in a state of bewilderment, she feared she was ‘seeing things’ before getting her mum to confirm she was also able to see the pink pigeon in the garden.

Once her mum confirmed she could also see it, Kelly took her phone out and began to capture footage of the incredible bird in flight.

Speaking about what she saw, Kelly said: “I thought I was seeing things at first – or it was just something weird.

“But then, I got my mum up off her bed as well, just to make sure.

The bird was part of a flock that had come down to peck at the soil
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“It’s shocking more than anything to see a pink pigeon, but it’s something that you can tell your grandchildren.”

Kelly, who is from Burnley in Lancashire, said the bird stayed around for a couple of hours after first noticing it.

She continued: “I then later saw it come back around seven or eight o’clock in the night. And it’s been back every day since that time when it first came.”

“As soon as my mum had looked at it as well, I got a couple of pictures of it, and I thought I’d Google it, because I’d never seen one before.

The bright pink pigeon was seen by a woman in Nelson, Lancashire
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Kelly Lunney was amazed at what she saw
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“My mum had also never seen one during the whole time she’d been alive.”

There have been some who have questioned the authenticity of the bird with many believing it may have fallen into a vat of neon paint, Kelly believes it is genuine.

She said: “A few people have asked me if it’s been dipped in paint, but it’s got pink feet – and normally, they’re like a white, grey colour.

“And when it picks up its wings, it’s got white lines underneath it, and it looks identical on both sides when it’s flying.

Kelly took her phone out and began to capture footage of the incredible bird in flight
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The fluorescent fowl landed in the communal garden
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“Other people in the communal garden have seen it – and there’s a man down the bottom who actually feeds them, so I’m sure he would have seen it, too.

“I think everyone’s been really shocked by it.”

Although pink pigeon sightings are rare in the UK, the birds have been found in 2012 in London and in Bristol in 2015.

Some of the unusual birds only have a pink tinge on the tips of their wings, whereas others, like the one Kelly spotted, are far more brightly coloured.

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Bird experts have several theories about the unnatural looking warblers, including that they’re part of an endangered species called Nesoenas mayeri, native to Mauritius.

Others have claimed that the birds have consumed certain chemical substances or could have collided with a fluorescence liquid in the wild.

However, many believe the more likely scenario is that people are responsible for dyeing the birds pink and then releasing them, sometimes by accident.

In 2015, a pigeon fancier, Sher Singh, 39, from Bristol, came forward to admit that he had coated several birds in fabric dye to disguise them from predatory falcons.

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