A. When I lived in central London, I didn’t get to see an awful lot of wildlife.
This might explain why my son, who was just under two at the time, used to squeal
with excitement just at the sight of a pigeon. I like to think however that this
reaction was elicited by a child’s genuine amazement and total fascination with virtually
everything our world has to offer, even the everyday mundane. It is such a shame
most of us lose this sense of wonderment as we grow.
Not too long ago, my son asked me why we never see baby pigeons, a question asked
by many before him. The answer is, we do see them (or at least we see the young)
but we rarely notice. Baby pigeons (or squabs) grow very quickly and typically leave
the nest after a just month or so. In this short amount of time, they will have already
become as large as their parents. Hence the pigeons we see in public all look the
same size making it hard to differentiate the young from the old.