The myth surrounding pigeons exploding after being fed rice relies upon the ‘fact’ that pigeons can’t pass wind (either end).
I often have Elmo laying on my chest while I watch TV. He’ll be as happy as larry with me stroking him and ‘preening’ him, his beak only millimeters from my nose when I hear a distinct, although very faint, rumble, followed by a pop and then the unmistakeable aroma of peanuts! Thanks Elmo, really.
Now for my next discovery… I wonder if Elmo will eat baked beans?