PIPA(NEW YORK) -- Armando is not your ordinary pigeon.
He's been called the Lewis Hamilton of pigeon racing. He's mean, lean and one of pigeon racing's top stars.
Joel Verschoot, who raised and trained Armando to be a champion racer, recently sold his prized pigeon at a Belgium auction. A Chinese real-estate mogul paid $1.4 million for the little guy, a historic amount for a pigeon sale.
Pigeon racing has gained in popularity in Asia recent years, becoming a big-money glamour spor..