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In the Côtes-d’Armor, a pigeon completely free to move around shows its affection to a retiree every day. Two years ago, the latter saved his life … an unusual story full of tenderness.
Would the pigeon be man’s best friend? One would be entitled to believe it to listen to the story full of tenderness between Xavier Bouget, retired in the Côtes-d’Armor and Blanchon, a two-year-old pigeon. Since this peaceful Breton pensioner saved him after he fell from the nest two years ago, he and the pigeon have been inseparable. Xavier often wanders the streets of Grommenec’h with Blanchon resting on the top of his head.
“I fed him for about a month and a half. He was tiny, barely plucked when he fell to the ground. Ever since he realized he could fly, the door has always been open. When he wanted to go home, he came back, when he wanted to go out, he went out. We don’t try to tame or domesticate ourselves. We live together on this little piece of land “.
Free in its movements, the pigeon, which is in fact a female, follows Xavier in track. Blanchon even has a dormitory in the Breton’s studio. “Can we then speak of friendship between the animal and the pensioner? I don’t know. But I readily believe that there is a feeling that must be recognized between animals and men who want to make the effort “.
It has been a long time since Xavier, a former hunter, traded his rifle for a camera.