Friendly reminder that the doves in the Efteling (Netherlands) are either gray, white, pink blue or green.
They are tame birds and painted with animal friendly dye. They are painted 4 times per year. They used to bathe them in the paint, which didn’t actually harm the animals but made them drowsy for a few days, but later animal welfare decided they could only be painted with brushes. The German factory that sold the paint went bankrupt and the Efteling bought all of their remaining paint.
The painted doves are less likely to be attacked by birds of prey, so this method is also used by pigeon fanciers. It’s animal friendly and looks very cute so I thought I would share.
It’s been one year since one of the best experiences of my life. Something I had wanted since I was nine years old. I finally met the Jonas Brothers… twice! On July 12, 2013, I met them for the very first time. Kevin was nerding out over how much he loved my shirt and I accidentally hugged Nick for just a little too long. After that beautiful experience, a girl I met at the venue gave me her extra ticket that was about 10 rows closer than mine. Two days later, I was lucky enough to meet them again. After a not-so-good experience with the VIP company, I waited to be the very last person to meet them. They remembered me, they were willing to write out possible tattoos for me, and Joe Jonas literally helped save my life after I told him about my history of self harm. Throughout that show, Kevin saw me in the crowd and kept showing off for me and my camera. I can’t believe it’s already been a year and I hate to think that was the last time I will ever see them as a band again. I miss them so much and I am so thankful for everything they’ve done for me. One year later.