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Wrong-Way Homing Pigeon Ends Up At NH Police Station

EPPING, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that went the wrong way in a race.

But the bird didn't go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its ability to navigate.

For now, the pigeon is hanging out at the Epping Police Department, waiting for sunny weather.

He rested in a box and ate popcorn Wednesday night.

The 4-month-old pigeon showed up Monday after getting lost in a race.

The bird left Charleston, New York on Saturday and was supposed to fly to its home in New Braintree, Massachusetts, which is just west of Worcester.

He ended up 105 miles off course, according to police.

Officers contacted the bird's owner and kept it safe before releasing it Tuesday.

But the pigeon only flew a few miles.

The bird, which had a tag on its foot that said, "I left the Epping Police Department at 8:40 a.m. on 9/30/14," was returned to police.

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