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Armando the racing pigeon is seen in a photograph/graphic created by the specialist Belgian pigeon fanciers’ web site Pigeon Paradise (pipa.be). Armando was bought to a bidder in China for a record-setting $1.four million in an internet public sale.

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Brussels — A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a document 1.25 million euros (about $1.four million) in an internet public sale, Belgian media reported Sunday. The prized fowl — Belgian’s greatest long-distance racer of all time in accordance with these within the know — was snapped up by a Chinese language purchaser for the princely sum that triggered a flutter of pleasure amongst fanciers.

Armando had been anticipated to interrupt the earlier document of 376,000 euros ($425,000) paid for a pigeon referred to as Nadine — however not by such a large margin.

“Earlier this week it grew to become clear that Armando can be the costliest pigeon ever bought in an internet public sale,” wrote the specialist web site Pigeon Paradise (Pipa.be).

“Nonetheless, nobody anticipated that the magical cap of 1,000,000 euros can be pulverised,” it added. The ultimate quantity was 1,252,000 euros.

Pigeon Paradise didn’t say who had purchased the pigeon, however in accordance with the Belgian information company Belga it was a Chinese language purchaser who will little question use his new acquisition to breed different champions.

Armando was simply one in every of greater than 100 birds bought by revered Belgian breeder Joel Verschoot.

Verschoot’s secure of pigeons relies in Ingelmunster, within the west of Belgium, and his on-line public sale of his pigeons has been open for a number of weeks.

By Sunday, the household had bought 178 pigeons for round two million euros.

Verschoot informed Pigeon Paradise that after a profitable 2017 racing season, many individuals prompt he ought to retire Armando to “the breeding loft,” however he determined to maintain his fowl flying, and in 2018, Armando took first place in one of many greatest races in Europe.

Homing pigeons are raced by releasing them typically a whole lot of miles from residence, with the primary to make it again residence profitable.

Racing them is a practice in Belgium, Britain, northern France and the Netherlands, though it has been going into decline.

However curiosity from Asian patrons in recent times has given the observe a brand new lease of life.

One of many highest profile pigeon fanciers within the U.S. is boxing legend Mike Tyson, who confirmed off his fondness for the birds and the game in a 2011 TV present, which drew criticism from animal rights group PETA.

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