Police help homing pigeon that can't find home

A lost pigeon took refuge at a New Hampshire police station, after cloudy weather affected its ability to navigate. The lost pigeon was waiting for sunny weather, Wednesday night, resting in a box and eating popcorn. 

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Pigeons huddle in a puddle to bathe on a Washington street in the Nation's Capitol. A lost pigeon took shelter at a New Hampshire police station after losing its way in a race.

A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that went the wrong way in a race. But the bird didn't go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its ability to navigate.

For now, the pigeon is hanging out at the Epping Police Department, waiting for sunny weather. He rested in a box and ate popcorn Wednesday night.

The 4-month-old pigeon showed up Monday after getting lost in a race from New York to its home in New Braintree, Massachusetts.

Police contacted the bird's owner and kept it safe before releasing it Tuesday. But the pigeon only flew a few miles. The bird, which had a tag on its foot that said, "I left the Epping Police Department at 8:40 a.m. on 9/30/14," was returned to police.

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