Ruffled feathers after China detains Bolt, world's priciest pigeon
BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Feathers are flying after Chinese authorities seized hundreds of Belgian pigeons, including Bolt, the world's most expensive racer, sold for 310,000 euros (S$526,600) earlier this year.
Bolt was released last Thursday, together with 400 of his feathered friends, but a further 1,200 racing pigeons are still captive because of a dispute over import duties.
The Belgian ambassador to Beijing is in talks to try to free the rest, the Belgian foreign ministry said on Sunday.
Chinese authorities have said the birds were declared at only nominal values, meaning China would be losing out massively on tax and import duties.