In an experimental stunt in South Africa, to prove just how thoroughly rank their internet infrastructure is, a company outfitted a pigeon with some data card (unspecified in this article), released it, and it beat the "normal" download! By a long shot. The pigeon made the 50 mile trip, and they retrieved the data, while the download over the crappy wires they have there made it only 4% of the way in the same time period.
This is not only funny, but it looks like an outstanding business opportunity for some enterprising folks to set up an "aerial data courier" service.
Edit: here is the official website for Winston the pigeon