As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pigeon sold at Kuwaiti auction for £58,000

Some on social media reacted with disdain at the amount spent on the bird.
August 26, 2016 17:57 BST
A pigeon has sold at auction in Kuwait for KD23,000 (£58,000) leading to criticism on social media at the extortionate price for the bird. A viral video of the auction, where the crowd grew enthusiastic with the rising price, became widely shared.

According to Gulf News, the pigeon is a kind known locally as "gallabi" – a roller pigeon selected for their ability to roll in the air.

Posted by a local news site, the clip shows an auctioneer saying 23,000 (in Arabic) numerous times as the audience shuffles excitedly before the bidding ends to murmurs from the crowd.

A number of comments criticised the amount of money spent on the bird. One comment, translated by Gulf News, said "Such a figure would make sense only if the pigeon had gold wings."

Another said that the winning bidder had "a brain as small as a pigeon... He should have offered the money to the poor and the needy who would put it to a good use and help themselves, instead of wasting them on a bird."

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