Saudi pays 500,000 Riyals for a falcon!

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Dubai, Oct 13 (UNI) A Saudi national coughed up as much as Saudi Riyals 500,000 (Rs 60 lakh) for a falcon caught by a bird hunter in an unnamed coastal village in the Kingdom.

The Yanbu bird trader Salim Al-Sinani Al-Johani paid a fortune for the bird as it was considered especially tempered for falconry and had a highly prized symmetrical pattern of feathers! The Arabs are known to pay huge sums to acquire race horses and camels as well as strange-looking Damascene goats.

But it is the first time a falcon has fetched such a fancy price.

In fact a third of the world's falconers are Arabs from the Gulf region, the Al-Madinah newspaper reported.


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