"rechristened him Boadicea"
Queen Boudica
Public DomainQueen Boudica - Credit: John Opie

 Boudica (previously known as Boadicea) was queen of the Iceni tribe in the area that is now East Anglia, England. Circa AD60, Boudica led a revolt of the tribes against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

The humour and irony in this passage is that a male failed homing-pigeon that is afraid of heights could be renamed after a mighty warrior queen. It also plays with the idea of gender identity and gently pokes fun at the WI!