Fate of Pope Francis’s ‘peace doves’ unknown after attack by crow and seagull

By Scott Kaufman
Sunday, January 26, 2014 15:38 EDT
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Two doves released into Saint Peter’s square by children flanking Pope Francis were attacked shortly after taking flight on Sunday.

Pope Francis had just given a speech appealing for peace in the Ukraine, where anti-government protests show no sign of abating.

Thousands watched as two children, standing in the window of the Apostolic Palace, released the birds. A giant seagull flew up from a perch below to attack one of the doves, while a black crow tracked down and began repeatedly pecking at the other.

The fate of the doves is unknown.

Watch The Daily Mail‘s report on the incident below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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