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Pigeons in Sweden Ditch the Skies, Opt for the Subway

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, a pigeon looks down from it's perch at Pigeon Paradise in Knesselare, Belgium. Belgian's have long excelled at pigeon breeding kind of breeding and generations of knowledge have taught fanciers how to build the best bloodlines with top racers. In the 1950s, this nation of 10 million had over 250,000 official members in the Royal Pigeon Federation. Just about everyone had someone in the family with a loft spending weekends in blue overalls tending a few dozen pigeons in the coop. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)AP

Swedish transit authorities are trying to figure out how to disperse a flock of enterprising pigeons who have taken to jumping on the subway for a quick ride to their favorite dining destination, The Local Sweden reported.

"They behave well while on board and don't seem to be making much of a mess. They also choose to travel later in the day, cleverly avoiding rush hour," Rasmus Sandsten, spokesman for underground operator MTR, told The Local.

According to Sandsten, the wily birds "stand calmly at the platform and wait for the subway train to arrive. When it does they get on, travel one stop, jump off and then head for their favorite haunts."

They are believed to live in south Stockholm and use the subway to visit a shopping center featuring numerous cafes and other sources of food.

Sandsten said that so far, there have been no passenger complaints about the freeloaders.