Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Baby Pigeon

Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Baby Pigeon

Devon – In recognition of their bravery in saving the life of a baby pigeon, crew members from Buckfastleigh Fire Station have received a Hero to Animals award from animal protection organisation PETA.

According to reports, the crew spotted the baby pigeon in a tree that had caught fire after a shed filled with gas cannisters exploded in Totnes, Devon. The fire station has confirmed that Watch Manager Guy Watkin, Crew Manager Neil Wells, and firefighters Robin Hughes, Karl Osborne, and Jordan Reynolds were all involved in the heart-warming rescue.

The crew has received a framed copy of the award. The images are available here. (Credit: Buckfastleigh Fire Station)

“Thanks to these firefighters’ heroic actions, what could have been a tragedy for the baby pigeon had a happy ending,” says PETA Vice President of Programmes Elisa Allen. “We hope their compassionate deed will serve as inspiration to others to help animals in need.”

In addition, the group encourages everyone to treat gentle pigeons with respect. Pigeons mate for life, and both parents care for their young. They naturally stabilise their own populations in accordance with the food supply and have legendary navigational skills and topographic memories. These birds can fly up to 50 miles per hour and travel as much as 500 miles in one day.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, or Instagram.


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