Pigeons are badass. They’re faster than cheetahs. More muscle-bound than gorillas. And can invade your home just to watch you eat. That’s right, I’m not joking. Londoner Lucy Topping just experienced it first hand and even live-tweeted the entire flying hell for all of you non-believers to shut your beaks.

Lucy’s evening started out pretty chill. After coming home from the gym, she sat down to have her dinner and watch Would I Lie To You. A well-deserved meal after a long hard day. Cool. However, in the middle of the show, she looked up and suddenly realized she wasn’t alone. There they were, the two pigeons sitting on her bookshelf, watching her suspiciously. Probably plotting where to drop a few white bombs as well. Continue scrolling to read how everything unfolded!

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Even though pigeons are city-dwellers, this encounter is definitely for the books. However, since these flying rascals are everywhere around us, we might as well get to know them better.  Pigeons thrive in urban areas where humans create structures that they are can adapt for their own use. Tall buildings and window ledges are perfect for the birds to roost, loaf and build nests. Pigeons usually scavenge from the trash and from pet food dishes left outside, but aren’t afraid to pick up virtually any snacks they find. Also, some people feed them breadcrumbs, birdseed, and other delicatessens to help them get by. But flocks or otherwise displaced pigeons can be found far from civilization as well.

Interestingly, the pigeon was used in both World War I and II. Most notably by the Australian, French, German, American, and UK forces. Some of them were even received various rewards for their service. For example, on 2 December 1943, three pigeons – Winkie, Tyke, and White Vision – got the first-ever Dickin medal, serving with Britain’s Royal Air Force, for rescuing an air force crew during World War II.

So if you ever find a couple of these birds in your own living room, don’t hurry them away. Offer them a seat, have a chat, who knows, maybe they’re heroes!

Here’s how people reacted to the hilarious invasion

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