On my way to buy some food this lunchtime, i passed a gathering of (presumably) male pigeons merrily going about their 8 on 1 pursuing of a (presumably) female pigeon. Nothing unusual about this you might say, and indeed this is a regular occurance within most cities i'd have thought and Edinburgh is no different. HOWEVER, on this particular occasion the female in question was leading the aroused males around a piece of pavement heavily littered with dog shit (as much of Leith is). Oblivious to this faecal trip hazard, the male birds were observed frequently walking into and onto the shit without any noticeable concern. Now i can't be sure whether the female was doing this on purpose in an attempt to rid herself of this attention, or whether she thought it'd be quite funny and may get her on youtube, but either way it got me thinking. Who would you walk through dog shit for?