Weirdest animal sports from history you must not have known

first_imgThere are a number of weird and crazy sports that are popular among people across the globe, which you mustn’t have heard about in your life. These kinds of sports might seem unusual to you but they are played enjoyably among people at professional levels and also at festivals! Have you heard of fox tossing or even cockroach races? If not, then this article is definitely for you.Here is a list of some of the most bizarre animal sports in the world:Eel pullingEel pulling was practiced in the Netherlands in the 19th century. There were two basic forms of this sport. One was the tug-of-war, which we all are aware of, but the rope was replaced with a live eel. The eel was soaped up to make it more slippery, so that the sport becomes tough for the players. Whereas, the other form involved hanging of the eel down the canal where the players had to jump and take down the eel while passing through the canal in a boat. Fox tossingThis sport was practiced largely in Europe in the 17th and 18th century. The game was played in pairs wherein each member of a team would pull the two ends of a sling lying on the ground to fling live foxes and other animals high into the air. The highest recorded height for this sport was 7.5 metres. Sled Dog RacingSled dog racing is where dogs run for days and cover the distance of over 1,609 kilometres. This sport was played in the 1930s and it took place at the 1932 Games in Lake Placid. The event saw two races on a 25.1-mile course wherein only two countries had participated– Canada and the United States.advertisementCamel WrestlingThis sport was first practiced by the Turkic tribes more than 2,400 years ago. The annual Camel Wrestling Championship, held in Selcuk in Turkey, as part of the Selcuk Efes Camel Wrestling Festival organises this sport in January every year. The competition puts two male bull camels to fight among each other for the female, leaning on each other to push the other one down. The camel that doesn’t get afraid and run away becomes the winner. Cockroach RacesOn January 26, every year, the cockroach racing competition is held at the Story Bridge Hotel in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia on the occasion of Australia Day. A bucket of cockroaches are emptied in the middle of the race ring at the beginning of the race and the first to reach the edge of the ring wins. Goose PullingGoose Pulling was an ancient sport practiced from the 17th to the 19th century. In this sport, competitors riding on horses would attempt to grab the goose by the neck, hung by its legs from a pole, and try to pull its head off. In the modern version of Goose pulling, it is practiced with a dead goose. Scotland Island 500The first event of the Scotland Island 500 was held in 1973, in which the race was between the dogs of two ferry captains. It is an annual aquatic dog race held on Christmas Eve in Sydney, Australia. The participants paddle across a 500-meter stretch of water between Scotland Island and Church Point in Pittwater, Australia. The prize for the winner is a bowl inscribed with ‘Outstanding Canine Aquatic Behavior’. Haggis HurlingA haggis is a pudding filled with flavours containing a sheep’s heart, liver, lungs and onions, suet, oatmeal, spices, and salt. It is then cooked and simmered inside the animal’s stomach for three long hours. Haggis hurling is a Scottish sport that involves hurling of a haggis to the farthest distance as much as possible. The sport was initially initiated as a joke by Robin Dunseath, in 1977, for the people of the Clans in Edinburgh and over the years has became popular in many other countries. Barking Off Squirrels ‘Barking off’ was a type of squirrel hunting, which had a goal of hunting squirrels without shooting them. The hunters would usually shoot the bark below the squirrels which would be enough to shatter them to be killed. It was popular in America in the late 18th and early 19th century, popularised by renowned frontiersman Daniel Boone. Cock ShyingAlso known as cock throwing, cock shying was a blood sport practiced throughout England until the 18th century. In this sport, people threw weighted sticks called ‘coksteles’ or other heavy weighted things at the rooster until it’s been killed. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section. advertisementlast_img read more