Bava Metzia 25 - Found Items One has to Announce (Finds)

If one finds items with an identifying mark, he can presume that the owner has not despaired of recovering them; hence, he has to announce the find and return it to the owner. Examples include produce in a container or a container as is, homemade loaves of bread, jugs of wine, and jugs of oil - these used to have individual seals. 

If one found young pigeons tied with a rope behind a wall - which provides partial protection - he should not touch them. Perhaps a person put them there, and if the finder takes them and announces them, the owner may not have signs to claim them.

Art: Harem Women Feeding Pigeons in a Courtyard by Jean-Leon Gerome

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