We heard it through the grapevine - Queens has a purple pigeon.
The royal-hued bird wasn't born that way, though. Someone with a sick senseof humor - or a problem with pigeons - painted him purple.
"It was terrible," said Joe Mora, an animal lover who rescued the bird Thursday from a Long Island City playground, where onlookers were gawking at the oddly-colored columbine.
Fowl play: Sicko paints pigeon purple in Queens
Friday,city Animal Care and Control officials transferred the pigeon to Bobby Horvath, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Nassau County who hasextensive experience caring for injured birds.
The young pigeon, about three or four months old, might not survive the prank - if it was one, Horvath said.
What's with the painting of wildlife by sickos in this city?