Hoping to attract young pigeon lovers

STERLING, Ill. (AP) - October 5, 2009

Norbert Padilla has been breeding and racing homing pigeons for about 70 years.

Now, he's hoping to attract a younger generation of pigeon lovers.

Padilla is a member of the Rock River Racing Pigeon Club.

The pigeons fly 300 miles in a half day and manage to find their way home to Sterling, Ill.

Padilla says not even scientists know how they do it.

And don't confuse a homing pigeon with the sort you see in the park.

Padilla tells a local paper that's like comparing a mule to a racehorse.

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