When shopper Kim Blackman wandered into a Tesco’s in London she was thinking more about her grocery shopping than the maternal instincts of wild birds. So she was rather surprised to see a pigeon sitting on the supermarket shelves. She was even more surprised to see that it was sitting on a box of Cadbury’s chocolate eggs. As she got closer she took out her phone and took a video as the white female pigeon fluffed out its feathers, protecting the eggs from intruders.
She put the video on Tik Tok under the heading “Female Pigeon Sneaks into Tesco’s to Protect the Chocolate Eggs.” To date the video has been viewed 187,000 times with one woman commenting, “Perhaps she was laying Cadburys”
Ms Blackman said, “The security said the pigeons are local. The security guard keeps an eye on them.”
In real life pigeons are extremely protective of their nests and of their eggs. Both male and female share the duties of guarding their eggs. It is unclear why this particular pigeon should have thought these eggs belonged to her – pigeons generally lay two eggs at a time so this box full of Cadbury’s eggs would have to have been a gargantuan effort.
The bad news for the pigeon is that pigeon eggs generally take 17 or 18 days to hatch so she’ll be there for a while yet.
I’ve heard of geese laying golden eggs but pigeons laying chocolate eggs is a new one.
Perhaps next she’ll try Kinder eggs.