Until now, I’ve only heard of pigeons being used as messengers. News flash: Belgian-bred pigeons are known to be the fastest pigeons around and are used for racing! Bolt, the fastest pigeon in the world was recently sold at an auction for 310,000 euros (£260,000, $400,000) to a Chinese businessman That’s the highest a racing bird has ever been sold for. The bird had won a title – Belgian sprint – last year, grading him as a Usain Bolt class – a title acquired from the world’s fastest man.
Bolt, along with 529 other racing pigeons belonged to a Belgian entrepreneur Leo Heremes, nick-named the ‘pigeon whisperer’ because of his habit of talking to his birds before a big race. Leo had to unfortunately auction away his birds due to a virus he developed through constant contact with the pigeons.
However, owing to the returns he got by selling all 530 pigeons – a whopping $5.8 million, we are sure Leo would be a happy man. Indeed he was, more astonished than happy. Even Pipa, the auction house was “stunned by the prices offered”.