Pigeons Huddle for Warmth At “L” Stops
CHICAGO (CBS) — Commuters are calling it everything from cute to disgusting – dozens of pigeons warming themselves under the heating lamps at Loop ‘L’ stops.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, pigeons have crowded into the heat lamp stalls on the platforms to the point where there is no place for humans left to stand.
“It’s like we’re being supplanted by the pigeons,” one woman said.
Most people politely let the pigeons have the space, but that may have something to do with all the pigeon poop on the platform under the heaters.
“It’s kind of funny,” the commuter said. “It’s also so dirty that people don’t even dare, trying to make their own way and get some space for themselves.”
The commuter was giving the pigeons a wide berth, noting the smell.
“I think it’s cute and disgusting at the same time.”
The Chicago Transit Authority says it has only gotten two complaints about pigeons this winter. But one man waiting for an ‘L’ train was quite unhappy.
“It’s disgusting that these birds are and the city is not doing anything about it,” he said. Pigeon droppings are known to carry a host of viruses and cause health problems.
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