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The previous record price for a racing pigeon was roughly $427,000, per the BBC. But “this pigeon has a race record that has never been matched by any other pigeon,” Pipa founder Nikolaas Gyselbrecht tells the Press Association. “In [soccer] terms you have Messi and Ronaldo—it’s that level.”
Still, the online auction price may seem high considering Armando, who turns 5 this year, is now in retirement. Per the BBC, it’s likely the pigeon’s new owner will breed him—he has about five years left in that department—and then race his offspring.
As Time reports, “bird owners can win plenty of their money back by betting on the correct winged competitor, with prizes in the tens of thousands of dollars.”
Edited via Newser.