Doves may symbolize peace, but officials in China aren't willing to risk it -- and they're perfectly happy to ruffle some feathers along the way if they have to.
To that end, authorities reportedly performed "anal security checks" on 10,000 pigeons in Beijing ahead of China's National Day holiday on Wednesday. China's state-owned newspaper, The People's Daily, reported on the security probe in a Tweet on Tuesday, helpfully including a picture of what a suspicious pigeon might look like:
10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects Tue, ready to be released on National Day on Wed pic.twitter.com/HitEpLMv8o
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 30, 2014
Chinese media didn't clarify what sort of "suspicious object" might be hidden inside a pigeon's anus, the Associated Press notes.
The New York Times reports many Beijing residents own and fly pigeons, in keeping with an old cultural tradition.
This year's National Day celebration marks the 65th anniversary of Mao Zedong founding the People's Republic in 1949.