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10,000 pigeons just got anally screened for a National Day event in China on Oct. 1. (Jessica Bailey/Wikimedia Commons)
10,000 pigeons just got anally screened for a National Day event in China on Oct. 1. (Jessica Bailey/Wikimedia Commons)

Did you know that pigeons can be trained to carry political pamphlets? Yes, pigeons! Clearly this is something to get paranoid about in Beijing, especially with what’s going on in Hong Kong.

China’s state mouthpiece People’s Daily just announced on its Twitter that thousands of pigeons have been anally screened prior to their release for a National Day event on Oct. 1.

The Communist Party celebrates the day Mao Zedong founded the People’s Republic of China with a variety of events like concerts, mass dances, and fireworks.

In 2009, pigeons were even banned for several days, except for the 60,000 earmarked for that year’s celebrations. Kites and balls have also been banned in the past.

Let’s hope this year’s birds didn’t suffer too much while being prepared for the pigeon extravaganza.

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