Pidge’s sense of direction may not be the best, or else it’s just adventurous. In any case, the Kererū, or New Zealand dove, named Pidge, has now returned to the place where it hatched from an egg 29 years ago.

Pidge is a male and is home to Rotorua Nature Park on the North Island of New Zealand. In 1996, it went its own way, so it was not visible for 24 years.

Kererūt are known to go for liquor. They eat fermented berries and fall from the trees. Maybe Pidge got the pipe on?

The oldest of its kind?

New Zealand pigeons typically live between the ages of 15 and 25.

– It’s exciting that we got Pidge back here. It is older than some park workers. It is probably the oldest surviving kererū, says the person in charge of the nature park’s bird incubator Emma Bean NZ Heraldille.

Pidge was skinny and in pretty bad shape when a park worker found it next to its incubator, Pidge’s birthplace, a month ago.

The return of the bird was only announced now that one can be sure that the bird will start to do well. It has got good food, including grapes and bananas.

Did a girlfriend stay in the woods?

Pidge was identified from the ring on its leg, but there are no interim observations of the bird for 24 years.

The employees of the nature park think it has lived somewhere fairly close and has now returned to its “caring” retirement years, when it had probably become challenging for it to obtain food.

One mystery in Pidge’s return home is unsolved. Kererūt often live in pairs. It is not known if a girlfriend stayed in the woods from Pidge.

Pidge is being moved to an aviary, a huge cage where it can fly freely.

– If Pidgellä is a partner out there somewhere, I’m sure it will find Pidgen and will socialize outside aviarion. They’ve been apart for just a month, says Bean.