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Watch: Cat gives live pigeon to man called Pidgeon during committee hearing

The episode interrupted a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Finance Committee.

This is the cat that caused a sensation when he presented his owner, a man called Pidgeon, with a bird of the same name as he gave evidence to politicians.

Colin Pidgeon was appearing remotely before the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Finance Committee when his pet Storm delivered the live pigeon into his house.

Mr Pidgeon, a research officer, handled the avian interruption with calm assurance, swiftly capturing the seemingly unscathed bird and returning it out of the window to more familiar surrounds.

The episode lit up an otherwise run-of-the-mill afternoon briefing to committee members from Mr Pidgeon and colleagues from the Assembly’s Research and Information Service (RaISe).

“I have literally just caught a pigeon, I’m really sorry about this,” he informed Assembly members watching from the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings in Belfast.

Wanting to get a better view of proceedings, deputy committee chairman Paul Frew wryly asked the Assembly broadcasters to expand his quadrant of the TV to full-screen mode.

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Committee chairman Steve Aiken tried to offer some advice.

“Colin, go and put the pigeon outside, we’ll skip that question, you just go and put the pigeon outside,” he suggested.

Mr Pidgeon confirmed the bird appeared to be unharmed, saying: “It flew off so the cat hasn’t killed it.”

Mr Frew was not so confident about the pigeon’s prospects.

I’ve never been interrupted by wildlife beforeColin Pidgeon

“We’ll know what type of soup you’re eating tonight, Colin,” he joked.

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Colin Pidgeon remained cool under pressure as his cat presented him with a live pigeon during a video conference with the Stormont Finance Commitee.

Colin Pidgeon remained cool under pressure as his cat presented him with a live pigeon during a video conference with the Stormont Finance Commitee.

Colin Pidgeon remained cool under pressure as his cat presented him with a live pigeon during a video conference with the Stormont Finance Commitee.

Once Mr Pidgeon returned to his seat he was offered universal praise for how he dealt with the unexpected visitor.

“Congratulations Colin, well done,” said Mr Aiken.

Mr Frew added: “You kept your composure the whole way through that – amazing.”

Mr Pidgeon offered an assurance to the committee that it was not a regular occurrence in his household.

“I’ve never been interrupted by wildlife before,” he insisted.

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