British pop star Paloma Faith was faced with a "moral dilemma" on her birthday when a friend gave her a live dove at a dinner party.
The singer, who turned 27 years old on 21 July (12), was stunned when she was handed the unusual gift in a nod to her first name, which means dove in Spanish.
But Faith admits she was afraid to set the bird free because she wasn't sure if it would be able to fend for itself.
She tells Britain's Independent Radar magazine, "I went for a meal with friends and one of them gave me a live dove as a present. My friend said I was the freest person she's ever met, and she wanted to set the dove free with me.
"But then there was this moral dilemma and it was like being in a stage play because it turned out the dove was born in captivity and some people thought it would die. In the end this friend of mine... took it home and he's looking after it."