Man believes friendly 'visitor' is someone's missing pet

KILLIAN, LA (WAFB) - In the small town of Killian, everybody knows everybody, so that's why an unknown visitor is causing a stir at one man's house.

Dave Dial said a stranger from above is making himself at home.

"The first time I saw her was on my boat lift," Dial said. "I thought it was a dove, a white dove. I said, 'Wow, look at this.' I'm going, 'No, that's too big for a dove.'"

It's actually a pigeon. And, Dial said it isn't your average bird.

"She would come over here and fly while I'm sitting around the table listening to music. [She] Likes rock n' roll music. So, I started feeding it about a week ago. Now, she don't leave. She somebody to talk to and feed, just like my dog. Such a pretty bird," Dial added.

Over the last week, Dial admitted he's grown pretty attached his new friend.

"She's so pretty, too. So laid back. It's almost like she's reading your mind," he explained.

The relationship with the bird has gotten so strong that the pigeon will actually eat from his hand.

"I gave it the name Mary of the Bible. Maybe God sent it down here. I don't know. I really don't know. I just hope somebody claims it or I'll just let her keep hanging around here. I don't care," said Dial.

However, he is convinced the pigeon belongs to someone because it has a black band around its leg with the numbers AA4807.

"If it didn't have that band on its foot, I wouldn't worry about it, I'd just let it hang around. But that's somebody's pigeon," he added.

Until the owner is found, Dial will keep on feeding his unexpected visitor.

"I'll keep feeding it. Doesn't bother me a bit. Somebody to talk to," Dial explained.

Neither Wildlife and Fisheries nor the Department of Agriculture keep records on pigeons.

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