‘Mutant pigeon’ with giant legs baffles internet — and it’s no AI deepfake

A video of a "mutant pigeon" with a puffed-out breast and long legs has gone viral, amassing over 18.6 million views on TikTok. The bird is actually an English pouter pigeon, the tallest breed of fancy pigeons due to centuries of selective breeding. The pigeon's flamboyant appearance and resplendent feathers have earned it the nickname "supermodel" of the pigeon world. The video has caused a stir on social media, with viewers jokingly comparing the bird to a stage 3 pigeon Pokémon or two pigeons under a trench coat. This year has seen other fowl creatures make headlines, including drug-smuggling pigeons and a feisty pigeon interrupting a weather report.

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