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Thursday, November 12, 2009

A $79,000 Falcon

The new blog Suq al-Mal, which earlier advised us about the sand shortage in Saudi Arabia, now has a post, "Falcon Market Poised to Soar," on how a single falcon has been sold for 299,000 Saudi Riyals or some $79,000 dollars.

That must be some bird.

Here's the Saudi Gazette article with the original story. The seller says, "The price for falcons seems to still be on the rise, even though there are plenty of other more modern and effective ways to hunt these days." Yes, but none so traditional.

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