Consider it a modern-day Birdman of Alcatraz, with a twist. Someone had to train the pigeons. Carrier pigeons fly between two points, after all.
Inmates at the Danilio Pinheiro prison near the southeastern city of Sorocaba in Brazil have apparently been enterprising in terms of avian activities.
Two carrier pigeons, one each on successive days, were caught at the prison. Each was carrying a cell phone and a charger.
A spokesman for the state penitentiary system said:
"Penitentiary agents found the pigeons outside the Danilo Pinheiro prison but, fortunately, the birds did not have time to enter the prison building with the material."Since the pigeons return to their "home," the birds were apparently bred and raised inside the prison, smuggled out, outfitted with the cell phone parts and then released to fly back.
In the past, smuggling of this nature would involve visitor accomplices or even guards; this is a new and somewhat clever scheme. Though flighty.