LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — A homing pigeon from Maryland flew hundreds of miles off course and is being cared for in Ohio, where a woman found it in her yard.

The owner says the bird was lost after starting a race June 2 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The pigeon stayed around the central Ohio home of Betty Swartz in Lancaster for about three weeks, until she called the local pigeon club. She tells the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette she fed it, though it wouldn’t come too close.

Jack Donley with the Lancaster Pigeon Club speculates the racing bird was blown off track by recent East Coast storms.

Through a tag on the pigeon’s foot, he traced it to owner Jim Norris of a Maryland racing club near Baltimore. Norris is
arranging to get it home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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