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Thursday, June 18, 1998 Published at 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK


World: Africa

Pigeon in the sky with diamonds


Police in South Africa recovered diamonds worth thousands of dollars when they shot a carrier pigeon near diamond mines in the west of the country.

The police were called when people saw the pigeon land wearing a band of tape.

A police spokesman said the bird was probably resting because of exhaustion caused by the tape being bound too tightly.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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