Police in Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside district were shocked to find a pigeon's nest constructed from used drug needles in a rundown hotel's bathroom sink.
To be fair, natural twigs are few and far between in the concrete jungle but the fact that a mother pigeon could scavenge enough discarded syringes to make a viable nest truly illustrates the severity of the opioid crisis plaguing Canada's big cities.
The photo showing a trio of eggs dating from May 3rd of 2017 was snapped by a Vancouver Police officer who was inspecting a vacant room in a “single-resident occupancy hotel”. Vancouver Police Superintendent Michelle Davey tweeted the photo, captioned “Pigeons spotted making a nest out of #needles in a #DTES SRO room. Sad reality of the #opioidcrisis #fentanyl #frontline #notstaged.”
“The picture was shared with the public to show the reality of drug use in the Downtown Eastside,” explained Sgt. Randy Fincham to CTV News, “and to provide a rare glimpse into the lives of first responders, health-care providers and others involved in the opioid crisis.”