Pigeon bagel could be Toronto’s answer to New York’s famous pizza rat

Toronto may be a bustling urban mass of concrete, steel, bricks, asphalt and lots of glass, but wildlife is never too far away.

Some animals adapt and thrive in these urban conditions, living and saving humans to the point that they are no longer considered wild animals. It was captured too hilariously with instances of raccoons stealing food delivery orders off porches and even a squirrel scurrying down the road with a 7-Eleven taquito in tow.

But there’s a new contender in the battle to become Toronto’s official pet. Enter Bagel Pigeon.

In a video shared with blogTO, Instagram user Ashley Vols captured a pigeon casually relaxing at the southeast corner of Simcoe and Richmond around 4.20pm on Thursday. Alright, I’ll be more specific. It was a pigeon carrying a bagel.

Three other pigeons stand nearby as if on guard, protecting their carbohydrate-capped comrade.

“I think it was an all-purpose bagel,” Vols told blogTO. This would be completely understandable as a pigeon’s preference for the bagel variety, since it’s basically seasoned with birdseed.

While one could interpret the video as a pigeon stuck in a hollowed-out bagel, Vols says the bird “had no interest in moving or freeing itself from the bagel, and I have my mind that it intentionally put this bagel around his neck for safekeeping.”

Pigeons are known as prolific scavengers, but seeing one of these winged rats carrying a bagel like edible baked bra for later consumption shows just how creative they can be.

City animals that persevere by stealing human food are often unexpected social media darlings, making unlikely stars like New York City’s famous Pizza Rat.

As the famous Jeff Goldblum said in the first episode (and the only one to watch) of the Jurassic Park franchise, “life, uh, finds a way”.

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