Éric Fortin, a citizen of Griffintown, was the one who noticed the bird chilling near some accessories in the store, around the men's department.
This retail-loving pigeon was spotted at Winners on rue Peel — I guess it knew Black Friday sales were happening.
Fortin reached out to other Griffintown residents on a local Facebook group saying: "Unusual encounter at Winners Griffintown this afternoon ... smart pigeon or just tired of freezing?"
Many responded with funny comments and pointed out how smart the pigeon was to try and avoid the cold. Maybe it was looking for a new winter hat? A warm coat? Some gloves?
"There are some nice decorative cages at Winners, maybe he's looking for a winter condo," wrote this user. Another Facebook user wrote, "Smart one! Instead of freezing outside."
In any case, we still don't know how the pigeon arrived at the Winners or even if it is still on the premises now. The mystery remains: how it managed to get through two entrance doors and fly over the escalator to warm its feathers.
One thing's for sure, the pigeon simply wasn't having it with the cold weather Montreal is currently facing — like many of us.
A search was conducted in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on December 6 by the Société protectrice des animaux (SPA) de l'Estrie, in collaboration with the Sherbrooke police department, which led to the arrest of an individual because of alleged animal neglect.
In a press release from SPA Estrie, it is said that the individual had more than 20 exotic birds living in "unsanitary and cluttered premises as well as deplorable and inadequate living conditions for the birds."
The release goes into vivid detail about how the birds were being treated in this home: "The lack of natural light and ventilation, the size of the cages, their layout, their dilapidated and dirty state, the absence of adequate food and clean water directly endangered the physical and psychological health of the birds."
All of these reasons led to the immediate seizure of the birds and the arrest of the person allegedly keeping them in these conditions.
The individual is facing charges of animal neglect for "failing to provide sufficient food, water, shelter and care (Section 446 1B of the Criminal Code)" to the over 20 birds found in their residence. According to the release, they could face a fine, "a prohibition from having custody or control of an animal," or jail time due to their neglect.
If you know anything about bird species, you may be interested to know that the types of birds seized from this search included cockatoos, African greys, macaws and other exotic species.
Luckily, the birds are now safe and being looked after by a team of veterinarians and animal care workers, SPA Estrie confirmed with MTL Blog.
This article’s right-hand cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.