While pigeons are considered by many to be particularly "dirty" or disease-prone animals, experts say that the dangers to humans is often overstated. Still, we can't recommend Laghmani's approach, especially because there are disease risks when contacting any wild animal.
Fortunately, there are many expert rescuers willing to help.
"When someone finds an injured, weak or sick pigeon, we always encourage them to research to find a pigeon-friendly expert or an avian vet," a spokesperson at Palomacy, a pigeon advocacy group, told The Dodo. "You have to ask specifically what their pigeon policy is, though, because unfortunately many (but not all) euthanize them as 'non-natives' or 'nuisance' animals."