24 December 2014

Homing pigeons versus bees - which is the fastest?

Spotted on the BBC site, an item about a competition held in Hamme, Germany, some years ago.

A pigeon fancier and a bee-keeper decided to settle their argument about which species would be the fastest to return home.

Bees and pigeons were released from the same site, 3 1/2 miles from the 'home', at the same time. The bees had a slight disadvantage, because they were first rolled in flour to make them easily identifiable.

The first bee to arrived 25 seconds before the first pigeon, another two bees arrived before the second pigeon and at that point nobody bothered to count any more.

Well done bees!