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.