The sport of pigeon racing dates back to the late 1800s and involves homing pigeons in a shared loft. They are then taken hundreds of miles away from their home, and the first pigeon to return wins.
The sport is very popular in China. New Kim, a 2-year-old female racing pigeon, has just broken a record for being the fanciest fowl in the pigeon racing game.
The pigeon, which sparked a bidding war between two Chinese buyers at a Belgian auction, sold for 1.6 million Euros, or $2.48 million Canadian.
The bidding began at 200 euros at the PIPA pigeon auction house, the New York Times reports.
$1.9 million: The new record price for a racing pigeon. https://t.co/RUuWPIITfM
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