Pope"s dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony

Pope's dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 22:47 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 28 January 2013 Releasing a dove is a symbolic appeal for peace. But when the Pope tried it yesterday, it led to quite a flap. Nobody had bargained on a resident seagull who apparently hadn't been listening to the Holy Father's sermon.

No turtle doves! Alert over bird celebrated in Twelve Days of Christmas as numbers fall two thirds in five years

No turtle doves! Alert over bird celebrated in Twelve Days of Christmas as numbers fall two thirds in five years | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 7 December 2012 If you are expecting a gift of two turtle doves from your true love this Christmas, you may be disappointed. For the bird, celebrated in the Twelve Days of Christmas, is in peril, conservationists have warned. Latest figures show that the number of turtle doves has plummeted by nearly two thirds in five years and are in increasing danger of disappearing from the British countryside for ever.