When I first saw this headline, I thought a pet bird was actually smoking. But, read on.
A bird carrying a lit cigarette to its nest has been blamed for starting a fire in a building in south London.
London Fire Brigade investigators believe a bird took the smouldering butt to its nest on the roof of the building in Landor Road, Stockwell.
The blaze damaged about a fifth of the building’s roof and nine people were evacuated.
“We believe that one of the birds picked up a cigarette butt that was still smouldering and dropped it into the nest, causing it to catch fire and set the roof alight.”
Amazing they could figure that out from the clues left behind. I wonder if the bird took the smoking object in order to help fumigate the nest.
Birds have long been known to line their nests with vegetation rich in compounds that drive away parasites. Chemicals in tobacco leaves are known to repel arthropods such as parasitic mites…
So, now I’m left wondering how often they inadvertently catch their nests on fire.