Sea gull atop Sistine Chapel creates Twitter frenzy
A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:46PM EDT
VATICAN CITY -- With no pope, a sea gull is stealing the show at the papal conclave.
Smoke watching has become bird watching in St. Peter's Square after a sea gull perched atop the chimney that belches out smoke from the Sistine Chapel to signal whether or not a pope has been elected.
From the chapel's tiled roof, the gull had a commanding bird's eye view Wednesday of the sea of pilgrims eagerly waiting in the rain for papal tidings. Black smoke means no pope yet; white means "Habemus Papam" -- "We have a pope!"
The bird offered welcome comic relief.
Dublin tourist Harry Sheeran quipped that the gull was "nearer to heaven than we are."
Minutes after being spotted, the bird inspired a slew of Twitter accounts.