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This Pigeon Was Sold for Nearly $1.5 Million at an Auction — Here's Why

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People are comparing this pigeon to international soccer phenom Lionel Messi, because he’s so darn valuable. And he’s an athlete.

This pigeon, who goes by the name of Armando (pretentious, much?) is a champion racing bird. Yes, people race pigeons apparently, and Armando’s the best at it. Due to his natural talent, he's highly sought after for breeding purposes. And, bidders were forced to pay a pretty penny for the bird himself so they can breed him with other racing pigeon stock.