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10 Myths About Pigeons


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Pigeons Explode if You Feed Them Rice
Pigeon tummies can withstand uncooked rice.
Pigeon tummies can withstand uncooked rice.
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The old wives' tale about pigeons and other birds exploding when they eat uncooked rice is a myth, and one that has modified many wedding day send-offs throughout the world. The false theory is that because birds are unable to digest grains of raw rice, it'll expand in their stomachs and cause the animals' bellies to burst.

Now for the truth. While many smaller birds are unable to digest uncooked rice, pigeons are among those that can, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

And don't worry, even those that can't digest raw rice are not known to explode if they eat it. So the next time you're at a wedding, don't hold back. Grab a handful of rice and shower the newlyweds to your heart's content


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