Suspicious Backpack Yields Coconut Surprise

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 11:28 AM EDT
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Suspicious Backpack Yields Surprise

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Police in New Jersey responding to a report of an unattended backpack near a post office couldn't believe their eyes.

There was a half a coconut with a young, live bird inside.

Lakewood police closed off Clifton Avenue and sent in a bomb-sniffing dog Wednesday.

Lt. Robert Smith told the Asbury Park Press the backpack may have been left by someone unable to care for the bird. There was no identification in the bag.

“It looks like someone was trying to nurture or take care of it, but how it ended up in the backpack, we haven’t a clue,” Smith told the paper.

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Sgt. Maureen McGilloway says the bird appears to be a young mourning dove. She says she'll care for the bird at her home until it can be released into the wild. Mourning doves live year round in most areas of the United States.

 


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