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Birds attack peace doves freed from Pope Francis’ window

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Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-27 10:12:55-05

After appealing for peace in Ukraine, Pope Francis released two white doves in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of people.

Just after the doves were released from the window of the Apostolic Palace, a seagull and a large black crow swept down and attacked the doves.

According to the Washington Post, one dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.