Pigeon racers in England are starting to believe in something called the “Bird Bermuda Triangle.”
Last weekend, just 13 of 232 of the homing pigeons released in North Yorkshire made it to their destinations, according to Newser.
Some racers have lost their animals, which can be worth upwards of $300,000.
The area in question is a thin triangle connecting the towns of Thirsk, Wetherby with Corsett in the north.
Although the recent loss was among the worst in recent memory, the area has long been the scourge of bird buffs like Austin Lindores.
“When they fly down to the Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett area we call it the Bermuda Triangle because something always seems to happen,” he told the Telegraph. “This is not the first time it has happened in that area. I won’t be racing there again.”
There are numerous theories as to why the birds are disappearing. Some racers think an abnormal number of summer showers has sent birds off course, while others unusually high levels of solar activity distorting magnetic fields. Menwith Hill, a nearby spy base has been blamed for sending out electronic signals that are making the birds go batty, the Daily Mail reported.
Pigeon racer Stuart Fawcett told the Sun that longtime pigeon racers believe this season has been the worst in 60 years, but he’s hoping to get through it on a wing and a prayer.
He said that anyone who finds a homeless homing pigeon should feed it sugared water and corn and contact the North of England Homing Union.