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Cowboy hat-wearing pigeon 'Billie The Pidge' has died, rescue group says

Rescue group looks to help pigeons
Las Vegas pigeon Cluck Norris caged, Coo-lamity Jane on the loose
Las Vegas pigeon Cluck Norris caged, Coo-lamity Jane on the loose
Las Vegas pigeon Cluck Norris caged, Coo-lamity Jane on the loose
Las Vegas pigeon Cluck Norris caged, Coo-lamity Jane on the loose
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Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 08, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-14 13:26:28-05

UPDATE JAN. 14: Loft Hopes Pigeon Rescue says "Billie The Pidge" has passed away. The rescue said in a tweet:

We are saddened to announce that Billie the Pidge has passed away. She was weak when we caught her and had lost toes to stringfoot in addition to the hat being glued onto her head.

UPDATE DEC. 18: Loft Hopes Pigeon Rescue says they have captured another pigeon wearing a cowboy hat. They are calling the pigeon "Billie The Pidge." They are still looking for a pigeon they are calling Coo-lamity Jane.

UPDATE DEC. 16: Cluck Norris, the Las Vegas pigeon seen around the world after pictures of him sporting a red cowboy hat went viral, has been apprehended.

His friend, fellow pigeon identified as Coo-lamity Jane, is still out on the loose.

A rescue group is behind the apprehensions. Lofty Hopes says it is dedicated creating a positive relationship between pigeons and people.

"Well this could definitely harm him," said Mariah Hillman of the bright red cowboy hat, which she says could attract predators.

"And I’m sure he doesn’t like having a hat glued to his head and possibly scalping him.”

Hillman says the days-long search for Cluck Norris ended Monday morning when she successfully trapped the bird near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road.

"I was breathing hard, I can’t believe we got him, it was shocking!” said Hillman after the capture.

“We almost had Coo-lamity Jane but no such luck," said Hillman.

"She was here but we didn’t catch her," she added.

Hillman and her volunteers have set a variety of traps with bird seed to attract the remaining hat-wearing pigeon.

The pigeon pair went viral on the internet in early December when video was posted to social media.

The group says Cluck Norris is going to the vet and they hope to do the same for Calamity Jane.

Once captured, the pigeon rescue group plans to return the pigeons to the wild at a release site near Pahrump, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Pigeons in Las Vegas have been spotted wearing tiny little cowboy hats.

Bobby Lee shot video of the birds near Tropicana Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

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It's not clear how the pigeons got the hats on their heads. All of it remains a mystery.

The video has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Some people found it funny, but other are wondering if this is a case of animal cruelty.