Authorities are looking for some cruelly inventive kids who started an impromptu game of pigeon football in Piazza San Marco yesterday. Lots of witnesses saw the feather-flying action, but apparently, the carabinieri arrived after the final whistle. At the end, 6 birds had retired permanently from the league with fatal injuries.
On the case for the city of Venice is Maurizio Francesconi, a kind of animal detective who's cracked similar cases in the past. Recently, after a pigeon pummeling in Campo Santa Maria Formosa caused a city-wide uproar, Francesconi made the collar -- a case that led to a change in the law, escalating the penalty beyond fines to actual criminal charges.
Somebody call The Fox Network. I smell a reality show based on Francesconi's cases. What would we call it though?
-- from an account in today's Gazzettino