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14 wacky animal sports

By: Laura Moss on April 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
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Camel wrestling

Although camels do fight in the wild, the sport of camel wrestling is often initiated by leading a female camel in heat before two males or by starving camels to make them more aggressive. Camels fight by using their necks as leverage to force their opponent to the ground, and a camel is declared a winner if his competitor falls down or flees. This sport is most commonly practiced in Turkey, but wrestling matches also take place in other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. Due to its violent nature, camel fighting is an extremely controversial sport.