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A random question [Jul. 2nd, 2009|04:18 pm]

Backpacking in Romania a few years ago reminded me that I usually take for granted the role that animal control agencies play in modern cities. When a city doesn't have a functioning pound or humane society, packs of stray dogs start to congregate in the streets and squares. The sleep on park benches and beg for scraps like furry panhandlers. Sometimes four or five of them will try to slouch after you into a dark side street with the air of hungry coyotes.

It occurs to me to wonder if medieval European cities had the same kinds of semi-feral animals as modern ones do. There are certainly no Tantony pigs in Toronto. What about pigeons? Were wild pigeons quite so common when pigeon was considered good to eat and meat was expensive to come by?

[User Picture]From: damedini
2009-07-03 03:23 am (UTC)
We have roving gangs of fearless raccoons, does that count? Nah, raccoons are more like raiding barbarians.
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[User Picture]From: svalar_unnir
2009-07-05 06:37 pm (UTC)
Pigeon is still good to eat! I definitely wouldn't eat city pigeon, but I had it at a fancy French restaurant in the country, where I assume they served farm-raised pigeon (I didn't get ill, at least : ) )

Interesting question! And we, too, have packs of fearless raccoons in very urban neighborhoods. I once saw a pack of about 9 on someone's front porch.
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