A sweet pigeon skate ride is all that’s left to this adorable, yet dangerous, hobby.
Pigeon skate shops are often hidden under a large cardboard box in your backyard, but when you look closely, you can see that the owner has a penchant for putting cute animals in their shop.
It’s called pigeon skating and is all about the birds.
“I’m a bit of a bird-lovers,” says Alice Smith, owner of Birdcage, a pigeon skate business in the city of Stirling.
“I’ve got a collection of birds, I’ve got pigeons, I have peacocks, pigeons I’ve put in my house,” she says.
“I like putting them in the skate shop.”
Smith says that her business has seen a lot of growth over the last few years and she’s also been selling a variety of other products such as toys, treats, snacks and even a small, custom-made bird cage.
“People are always surprised when they see my animals on my shop because they don’t expect to see that kind of thing,” she adds.
Smith, who also has a business selling ice cream, also has several pigeon skate rental locations throughout the city.
She says the hobby has been growing and she has plans to expand her business.
“The more people who enjoy it, the more people we can help them with,” she explains.
It’s also an easy way to meet new people.
In fact, she says she has seen people from all over the world who have taken up pigeon skating, and the number of visitors has doubled every year since the hobby started in 2009.
“They all go there just to get out and have a nice, happy day,” she reveals.
But the popularity of pigeon skating has also meant that there’s been a rise in the number topless pigeon rides.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), about 300,000 pigeons are killed each year for their feathers, making them the world’s largest bird.
If you are interested in learning more about pigeon skate, you might like to check out this RSPCA infographic.