Reward offered for €150k homing pigeon

Reward offered for €150k homing pigeon
A female homing pigeon. Photo: DPA
A breeder in Düsseldorf has offered a €10,000 reward after thieves stole a homing pigeon worth €150,000 from his aviary.

The grey pigeon, a six-year-old male known as “AS 969”, was the most valuable bird the breeder kept, police said on Tuesday following a break-in over the weekend.

He first noticed that it was gone at around 7 am on Sunday morning.

Thieves must have known exactly what they were looking for among the hundreds of other pigeons in the cages housing the breeder's collection, they said.

A police spokeswoman added that while the animal looks just like any other grey pigeon, it has “good genes” which would only be obvious to a fellow pigeon fancier.

The breeder said that the bird had won several prizes and that its offspring were being used for racing in South Africa.

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