A champion pigeon called Armando has been sold for a record €1.25m (NZ$2.1million).
He has been dubbed the “Lewis Hamilton of pigeons” and the
“best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time”. (Lewis Hamilton is a champion race car driver).
Before this sale, the record was €376,000 (NZ$670,000). And to put it in perspective the usual price for a racing pigeon is around €2,500 (NZ$4100).
However, two buyers from China ended up in a bidding war, escalating the price up to €1.25m in just over an hour.
But Armando is no usual pigeon. The last three races of his career were the 2018 Ace Pigeon championship, the 2019 Pigeon Olympiad and the Angoulême – and he won them all.
The champ, who turns five this year, is now enjoying his retirement and has already fathered a number of chicks.
Although Armando’s racing days are behind him, racing pigeons can carry on having chicks until they’re about 10, and live up to 20. So it’s likely his new owners will breed him.