Weird and Bizarre Sports That Involve Animals
Most sports involving animals have something to do with racing or fighting like bullfighting, cock fighting, dog racing, and many others. One of the most popular racing in the world that involves animal is Horse Racing. Here are some of the most unusual sports that involve animals.
1.) Elephant Polo
Elephants are not just attractions in circuses and zoos or beast of burdens in Thailand and other Asian countries they are also utilize in a unique sport called Elephant Polo. This sport is a variant of polo played whilst riding elephants. This game is popular in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Thailand. This game was first played in India but the modern game originated in Nepal.
Equipment used in the game is a standard polo ball and a 6-9 foot cane sticks with polo mallet head on the end. The pitch is three-quarters of the length of a standard polo pitch. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.
2.) Idi Probak
Idi Probak or "Oxen Tests" are unique and popular form of Basque dragging games that involve a pair of oxen dragging a rock from one side of a square to another. This peculiar sport is called Arrastre de Piedra (Stone Dragging) or Prueba de Bueyes (Oxherd Test). In the French language it is called Concours de Bœf (Oxen Competition). The game is played in a 22.3 m wide, with 8 lanes of 2.79 m cobbled to reduce friction or on totally flat ground between 22-28 m long. This weird game is also called Idi Demak (Oxen Wagers).
3.) Camel Wrestling
The Camel Wrestling is a bizarre game that is common in the Aegean region of Turkey. This absurd competition is a sport in which two male Tulu camels wrestle in response to a female camel in heat being led before them. The game is also played in Marmara and Mediterranean region. There are an estimated 1,200 camel wrestlers (or Tulu) in Turkey, bred specially for the competitions. Championships are held in an ancient stadium in Ephesus were thousands of spectators arrive to witness the festival usually highlighted by wrestling of 100 camels.
4.) Ferret Legging
Ferret Legging is a weird sport popular among coal miners in Yorkshire, England. This game is a test of endurance or stunt in which ferrets are trapped in pants worn by a participant". This is a male-only competition where they put live ferrets inside their trousers; the winner is the one who is the last to release the animals. The world record is 5 hrs and 26 min, a feat achieved in 198. It is also known as Put 'em Down and Ferret-Down-Trousers.
5.) Turkey Bowling
I love to play bowling but the Turkey Bowling is a bizarre sport where frozen turkey serves as bowling bowl and 10 plastic bottles of softdrinks are the bowling pins. Turkey Bowling is popular in minor league ice hockey in Canada and the United States. This weird sport was invented in 1988.
6.) Roller Competition
The Parlor Roller and the Oriental Roller are breeds of domesticated pigeons. These breed of pigeons are known for their unique performance of turning somersaults on the ground. They show a variety of different figures in the air, which are single somersault, double somersaults, rolling, rotation with open wings, nose dives, sudden change of direction during flight and very rarely axial turns. For this reason,
Parlor Rollers and Oriental Roller are use for roller competitions because this unique game is based almost entirely on the distance that the animal rolls on the ground. The bird’s appearance is of secondary consideration only.
7.) Camel Racing – Robot Jockey
Camel Racing is now high-tech. Instead of a human jockey a Robot Jockey is on camels in Camel Racing. It was introduced in 2001 and slowly replacing human jockeys.
This weird sport using Robot Jockeys is now popular in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE where small children are employed as human jockeys.
8.) Snail Racing
One of the weirdest competitions that involve animal is the Snail Racing. Just imagined how slow these creatures move but in this competition they will try to outrun each others. Air-breathing land snails, usually the common Garden Snail (Helix aspersa), are used. A Snail Race takes place on a circular track of 13-14 inches radius with the snails starting in the middle and racing to the perimeter.
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9.) Pig Olympics
Do you want to see a bizarre sport that involves pigs? Then watch the wacky Pig Olympics were specially bred and trained piglets competes in pigball or soccer, swimming, and running. The competition is organized by the Sport-Pig Federation, which claims over 100 members. The piglets in the games are not eaten; instead, they are bred for the next generation of pig-players.
10.) Cricket Spitting
Want to try something weir? Try Cricket Spitting, an absurd sport wherein players put a dead cricket in their mouth, and then spit it as far as they can. The participant who can spit the cricket the farthest is the winner. The sport was developed in 1996 and the Guinness World Record for Cricket Spitting is currently 32 feet and one half inch.
11.) Yak Skiing
Yak Skiing is a unique sport practiced in India as a tourist attraction. The sport involves a skier waiting at the bottom of a slope and a yak at the top of the hill; yak and skier are connected by a rope going around a pulley at the top of the hill. To engage the yak, the skier must shake a bucket of pony nuts. This attracts the yak, which charges downhill and pulls the skier upward by means of the rope.
12.) Yak Polo
Yak Polo is a peculiar game popular in Mongolia which is a variant of the sport Polo. It is played on yaks instead of on horseback and is similar to Elephant Polo. This unusual sport was introduced in the early 2000s as a tourist attraction. The game is also popular in Pakistan. It is also known as Sarlagan Polo.