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14 wacky animal sports

April 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
snail race winners

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Unlikely athletes

When it comes to animals involved in sports, you’re probably familiar with horse racing, polo and the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. You may even be aware of more controversial activities like bull fighting and cockfighting. However, there are plenty of other shocking — and just plain weird — games that require animal athletes. Here’s a look at 14 bizarre sports that involve everything from crickets in your mouth to ferrets in your pants. (Text: Laura Moss)