Today, sport is unthinkable without a string of revelations and scandals. Victories sometimes remain for a long time on everyone’s lips because of their aftertaste. And sometimes even political figures are involved. For those who simply do not have simple records, and the sports themselves do not carry anything new, and even smelled of scandals, there is an original alternative.
There are several types of competitions in which the main characters are animals. This sport caused an angry wave from the green, however, the championships are held around the world, including the most developed countries. Today there are hundreds of competitions involving animals, we will tell below about the ten most interesting of them.
Races of frogs.
Every year in mid-May in Angels Cam, California, these competitions are held. Although nature and did not give frogs the opportunity to run fast, but gave them the opportunity to jump on the envy of many. The competition is based on the story of Mark Twain “The famous galloping frog from Calaveras”. The championship was first held in 1928, today it gathers up to 35 thousand spectators. At first it was amateur contests, but in our time they have become a real Frogtown Frog Town. Here, in addition to the sports events themselves, frog fairs, mandatory reading of Mark Twain’s works, and other events also take place. Frogtown has its own legends. It was here that the world record for long jump among amphibians was set. He has been holding for 25 years and belongs to the famous frog champion Rozzie. At one time, she was able to make a triple six-meter jump. As for athletes, the prizes here are pretty good. So, someone who can beat this record is entitled to a prize of 5 thousand dollars. What is the difference between the amount of a new record holder can only guess. For several years the competitions in Frogtown have been constantly under threat of failure. The fact is that animal rights advocates, together with environmentalists, launched a whole campaign, protesting against the competition and demanding punishment for the organizers and participants. Ecologists believe that hundreds of frogs released during the event can be dangerous for the local fauna and balance in nature. Protectors of animals just declared this championship a mockery of living beings. But all such actions can not prevent the holding of the fair itself. The fact is that in just a few days of its holding, it significantly replenishes the state treasury. So the jumps of frogs continue in the usual mode.
Every year in Moscow, from February 18 to 20, runs of pigs are held. They in general are one of the main all-arounders of the world among animals. Unless dogs can compete with them. Pigs can also participate in such sports as running, wrestling, jumping and even ball games. Piggy runs are quite an old sport, which is cultivated all over the world. So, the pigs ran race in the Middle Ages in Europe, the competitions were widespread in pre-revolutionary Rossi. There the races were usually held at market fairs and squares. The excitement was so great that the rates went up to several hundred rubles. Scientists, having studied the movements of pigs, came to the conclusion that the speed of these animals directly depends on their mood. The more frustrated the pig, the faster it runs to the finish. That’s why pigs are taken to the start in the most frustrated feelings. This allows them to achieve an average speed of 25 km / h. In Moscow, competitions take place during the exhibition “Zoo Expo”. There, and organized the Olympics among the pigs. The first time it was held in 2004, before such competitions were not held for more than a hundred years. The following year, the Federation of Sports Pig. She also organizes such an olympiad in the country, as well as other official pig-racing races.
Race of snails.
Every year in the English Kongama in July, a race of slow creatures takes place.This competition is difficult to call the World Cup, it is also unclear whether it can be considered a gamble. His motto is “Ready! Steady! Slow! “. The main fans here are pensioners and children. The competition is so popular that it has been held here for a quarter of a century. Each of the participating snails has its own number, which is pasted onto the house. Athletes are placed in the center of a circle of diameters in a foot and expect who will first reach the boundaries of the arena. Anyone can apply for a contestant. For this, on the official website of the championship there is a detailed instruction that teaches you how to prepare an athlete. It is necessary to find him in the garden, to think up a sonorous champion’s name and paste a serial number. After that, all the forces should be given to the participant’s encouragement. In addition to fame, the winner receives a delicious prize – a leaf of a salad. After this, the champion is also released to freedom. In 2010, the competition was an absolute world record. The winner, the snail Sydney, managed to get out of the circuit in just 3 minutes 41 seconds.
Every March in the town of Chandler, that in Arizona there is a whole ostrich festival. Its main highlight is the ostriches race. The city is famous for the fact that it is here that there are many farms that breed these birds. The festival is quite a big program. It resembles a whole fair with an ostrich, of course, a bias. After the first acquaintance with birds, it is customary to taste a sandwich with their meat, an omelet from an ostrich egg is also offered. The event has its circus and zoo, here you can ride on attractions or listen to musicians. The zest of the whole festival is the ostriches’ races. At the same time, people who take part in the role of riders take part in them. Specially trained jockeys are not here, birds can be ruled by anyone from the crowd. Ostriches in general, as it is commonly believed, are ideal for driving. After all, these birds are strong and enduring, and riders do not even need a saddle. The feathers of ostriches are rather dense and soft, forming a natural place for sitting. Running the same birds with their riders usually lasts not for long. After all, the freedom-loving bird takes off his “cowboy” after a few meters. As a result, an ostrich without a rider gets to the finish line at a speed of 60 km / h. Only a few times in the history of the festival man was able to reach the finish on horseback on a proud bird.
Racing sports pigeons.
In Taiwan, there are always such competitions, weeks do not pass, so pigeons do not soar into the sky. This sport has been popular for several centuries. Competitions among sports pigeons are also held in Japan and the USA, England and Australia of Turkey, China and Romania. However, Taiwan is the recognized center of such sports. Every week around the country there are about 500 competitions among pigeons. There are 2-3 million sports birds on the island. Working with them has become a real industry – breeding, training and participation in competitions with pigeons employs more than half a million people. And this is a long-standing serious business, not a simple hobby. Winning races sometimes reach a billion Taiwan dollars. Birds begin training at the age of 2,5 months. When they are 100-120 days old, they are ready for the competition. The most important championship is the Championship of five races. It has become so popular with locals that it has even been held several times a year. But a serious competitive rhythm for most birds is difficult to bear. After all, they participate almost weekly in long races, and during the championship pigeons-favorites are forced to overcome in total 5 thousand kilometers altogether. Bird lovers from other countries protest against the local hobby substitution with cruel business, but tourists like these competitions to taste. After all, you can watch the racing of pigeons almost at any time of the year.
Racing goats and blue crabs.
These competitions are held in Trinidad and Tobago every April. They attract a lot of tourists. The first part of the race is given to the goats from the village of Bucco. Animals act combed and neatly manicured. The very atmosphere of the competition in no way inferior to the famous races. Jockeys and coaches carefully prepare for the races, commentators call the favorites of each race, the audience pushes each other, trying to get closer to the treadmills. Goats must run a 100-meter distance, they are ruled by village boys. They should help the animals not to get off the road. This is done by encouraging and directing the right path. The jockeys do not sit on their goats, but simply run alongside, holding them on a leash. The second part, the race of large blue crabs, is also fascinating. Although it is not necessary to speak about speed records here. The owners of the athlete tweaks them to the right path. Anyone can take part and become a driver. But these athletes are faced with an unenviable fate – the winners and ordinary participants in the evening become part of the local dish, curry.
In the summer of each year on Wednesdays in Longville, in Minnesota, there are races of turtles. In general, these animals participate in many competitions. They can compete in speed in the pool, on open water and on land. Such competitions came from the Bahamas, where they have been loved since ancient times. Today, entertainment has become fashionable in the US and Canada, since 1975 there have been held regular championships. A few thousand spectators gather to compete. In America, they carry out land tortoises and races. There, animals represent different states and cities. Turtles are placed in the center of the circle with a radius of 15 meters. The winner is the one who gets out first. Participants for the competition are selected not by age, but by the diameter of the shell. It must be at least 13 centimeters. Also there are competitions among the fastest turtles and among the slowest ones. Spectators love the race for their unpredictability. After all, the leader can stop only a few centimeters from the cherished frontier and fall asleep. Then to move it from a place it will not be possible any means any more.
Racing of camels.
Camel racing in many Arab countries is a favorite entertainment. They involve single-animal animals, dromedaries. They are faster and sportier, unlike their two-humped brethren. On short races, such camels reach speeds of 60 km / h. In Dubai, that in the United Arab Emirates, from October to April there is a whole sports season. Runs here are held at this time every week. But the local law prohibits betting on the winner. But the participants and winners of the competitions receive valuable prizes – jewelry, bladed weapons, cars. Animals, the winners, automatically rise in price to half a million dollars. The winner of the Royal Cup at the end of the year receives a luxury even by local standards prize of 1 million dollars.
Running of ferrets.
More and more families keep ferrets at home. Moreover, many interesting stories are connected with them. For example, before in England was very popular game “Ferret in the pant leg.” The animal was launched into wide trousers, whose bottom was tied. This did not allow the ferret to get out. Such amusement spread among the miners of the beginning of the last century. The fun helped to test for the endurance of men. As a result, the ferret in the attempt to gain freedom simply gnawed his trouser leg. The miner who last longer suffered the fuss of the animal in his trouser leg and became the winner. Today, such a competition is already forgotten, but in England went into the fashion of running ferrets on the basis of old fun. Animals are placed in special pipes, which are filled with different barriers. Spectators can observe the movements of rodents, as some sections of the pipes are transparent. Running the hamster into the pipe, the output closes.The animal has nothing else but to look for another way out. In the process of training, hamster owners for several months accustom their pets to run toward certain sounds or to a light source. When the competition begins, the “trainer” beckons to the exit of his ward with a flashlight and a shout and familiar sounds. Such competitions are held in England at all large fairs, there are flocking a lot of spectators. Organizational functions take care of shelters on animals, it is they who are all the funds received from the rates. Hamsters, champions, after finishing their sports career retire, where they are engaged in the reproduction of future winners of the championships. Running cockroaches.
Cockroach races take their history from Russia. It was in our country that such competitions began to be held immediately after the war of 1812. Such fun has firmly taken its place in the markets and fairs. Regular races were interrupted by the October Revolution. The story left evidence that the fun was so gambling. Some merchants even lowered their entire fortune in bets on mustachioed insects. Now the tradition has only begun to revive in our country, competitions are held very rarely. But in some other countries, cockroach races are at the peak of popularity. There was even a whole system of rules. So, only Madagascar cockroaches can participate. The races themselves are held in special grooves. The audience watches the athletes on large TV screens. The hosts strongly encourage their wards. They do it with claps, cries and flashlights. Coaches do not have the right to touch the participants. The most famous competitions are held in Australia, during the celebration of the Day of Founding on January 26. Many locals are generally sure that a cockroach is worthy to occupy an honorable place during a national holiday. Collected in the course of the race funds go exclusively to charity.