Who is the Mystery Prankster Putting Tiny Cowboy Hats on Pigeons?

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Recent reports indicate that someone has been putting small cowboy hats on the heads of pigeons in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it’s causing some serious concerns with a local animal rescue group. Local press spoke with Lofty Hopes, a pigeon advocacy organization, which believes there to be some negative impacts that will result from the cowboy hats many may deem as “cute.”

According to, Robert Lee, an observer, told Storyful,“the rodeo is in town.” He added, “That’s the only explanation I have. I saw something red on the pigeon’s head and looked down to these awesome things.” Mariah Hillman, representative of Lofty Hopes, said in an interview with, “At first, I was like, oh my God that’s cute! Then, I was like, wait a minute – how did they get those hats on there?” The slogan for the organization is, “a pigeon positive movement,” and while it is presently unknown who the person is that’s placing these tiny cowboy hats on pigeons, Lofty Hopes aims to find all the birds and properly remove them.

Video: Facebook/Lofty Hopes – A Pigeon Positive Movement

Shared to the Lofty Hopes – A Pigeon Positive Movement Facebook page, the video above shows some of the birds, with tiny cowboy hats, allowing workers to get close to them. They have named some of the pigeons in the process, such as “Coolamity Jane” and “Cluck Norris,” referencing the star of “Walker, Texas Ranger” fame. “Did they glue them? And what does that mean for them?” Hillman asked. “Is it something that’s going to impede their flight or attract predators?“ In the meantime, the organization has been sharing further details as they find them, hoping that someone will come forward with more information as to who is behind the tiny cowboy hat pigeon fiasco. They’ve asked those with details to call the number listed on their Facebook page.