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Bird upon bird…

Kees Moeliker‘s Ig Nobel Prize-winning report about a case of homosexual necrophilia in a Dutch mallard duck has had ramifications.

Moeliker took part in the recent Ig Nobel Tour of the UK, which inspired the indefatigable journalist Donald MacLeod to (1) write a newspaper article that drew so much reader response that it crashed his newspaper’s web server; and then (2) unearth a much earlier — and little-known — account of equally shocking behavior by a British feral rock dove. MacLeod daringly published a report that brought the news to an eager public.

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