‘Million dollar’ winning bird fetches R150?000

2013-02-04 00:00

THE Dutch pigeon breeder whose bird won him a cool R1,78 million at the weekend, is also another R150 000 richer.

His bird, Untamed Desert, was bought in the post-race auction yesterday by a South African breeder eager for its winning bloodline .

Untamed Desert streaked the 553 km from Douglas in the Northern Cape to Linbro Park, near Johannesburg in just over seven hours, 46 minutes, beating birds from 36 countries, including one owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

Henk Jurriens van Brummen (45), who has been competing in the world’s top pigeon race since 1996, said he was “completely surprised” to win. “It’s one of the most fantastic races to compete in.”

Pretoria pigeon breeder Jurie Erwee bought Van Brummen’s bird for R150 000, and paid another R75 000 for the bird that came second.

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