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.
10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects on Tues, ready to be released on National Day on Wed pic.twitter.com/HitEpLMv8o
— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) September 30, 2014