Phill Buckland was on his way to work on the Metrolink tram from Didsbury, Manchester, when he spotted a pigeon in the hood of a fellow commuter today (June 6). At one point during the video, the dove appears to be pecking at the back of the man’s head, but he remains unmoved.
Despite the pigeon’s surprising appearance aboard the tram, Phill said the other commuters said nothing about it. reports Manchester Evening News†
“I was watching a pretty hardcore documentary about a new drug in Colombia,” said Phill. “When I looked up, I happened to see the dove staring me in the face.
“The man just sat there with the pigeon in his hood. I think it was a tame one.
“Nobody said anything, but it’s pretty hard not to notice. I think he walked in front of a few people when he got on the tram.’
Phill says the man got off the tram in St. Peter’s Square, while the pigeon was still in the hood on the way out. “It’s funny,” Phil added.
“It’s a good way to brighten up a Monday morning. When I lived in London, there was a man on the tube with a parrot on his shoulder, but the Manchester version is clearly a dove.”
Metrolink’s statutes state that animals are not allowed on Greater Manchester trams, with the exception of guide dogs or hearing dogs.
A trial was proposed earlier this year to allow other dogs aboard the Metrolink, although a new policy is unlikely to extend to companion pigeons.
Since its launch on July 17, 1992, animals have been banned from traveling on the Metrolink.