When we think about sports we conjure up images of football, motor-racing, cricket, gymnastics and many more. When we think about animal sports we think about horse racing, polo or dog racing. We might even think about more controversial activities like bull fighting or dog fighting.
But think about it, if you were an animal, what sport would you prefer doing? Certainly not anything to do with fighting – that’s for sure. After doing some investigation into the matter we came across some light-hearted and amusing sports that animal athletes are getting very good at.
Although they might not have multi-million dollar contracts, they are filling stadiums for the love of the game. From wind-surfing dogs, show-jumping pigs to skiing elephants – welcome to the world of animal athletes.
The totally gnarly hounds showed off their skills on the bone yard in San Diego recently. Tails wagging and leashed up to their boards, fifty wavehounds took to the water and showed us how it’s done. Hanzo won the Petco Surf Dog competition at Imperial Beach in the large dog category.
These guys know how to bring home the bacon, in Russia’s annual Pig Olympics. These piggies run races, paddle through small pools and work as a team chasing soccer balls all in the hope of winning.
These windsurfing mutts simply love being part of the gang and what might start off as a little scary quickly turns into enjoying the wind in your hair – because sometimes hanging your head out of the car window – just isn’t good enough.
Queenie, an Asian elephant was well known for waterskiing with her owner. She was extremely talented and stepped willingly into her skis. Once getting her balance they towed her out to sea where she would put her trunk in the water and get a big scoop of water and spray it all over the place! Another of Queenie's talents was playing the harmonica.
Ready, steady, slow
Snail races take place all over the world with these revered champions identified by a number, stuck on their back. They are then placed in the middle of a round, wooden table which is dampened with a water-spray. The first competitor to reach the outside is the winner.
Although these little creatures tend to do thing’s at a snail’s pace, make sure you get your lucky lotto numbers in for tonight’s €195,000,000 SuperEna Max draw – and who knows, you might see yourself in the slime-light!
Do you know of any other unusual animal sports? Leave your comment and the most unusual animal sport will win 2 FREE Mega Millions lottery vouchers! The winner will be announced on Monday, July 28th.
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The winner with the most bizarre animal sport is:
"Bug Bowl - Participants put a brown house cricket in their mouths and are give twenty seconds to spit it as far as they can. A judge then verifies that all 6 legs, 4 wings, and 2 antenna are still in tact upon landing."
Thank you to everyone for entering! Stay tuned to more comments competition coming your way.
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