Bizarre skiing with your pet race in China descends into farce as hibernating turtle fails to wake up

By Staff Writer 01/13/2014 12:50:00

Bizarre skiing with your pet race in China descends into farce as hibernating turtle fails to wake up

  • The contest is held at Sanmenxia in central China's Henan province
  • A goldfish was denied entry as its bowl could not be made watertight

By Ted Thornhill

PUBLISHED: 07:32 EST, 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 07:50 EST, 13 January 2014

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Animal-rights campaigners are calling for a ban on a repeat of a pet ski competition in which winter sports enthusiasts in China are encouraged to bring along an animal in order to compete for prizes.

The more bizarre the pet, the more points the owner was given in the contest held at Sanmenxia in central China’s Henan province.

As well as dogs and cats there were even rabbits, tortoises, chickens and ducks.

A contestant skis with his pet duck during a skiing with pets competition at a ski resort in Sanmenxia, Henan province

A contestant skis with his pet duck during a skiing with pets competition at a ski resort in Sanmenxia, Henan province

Animal-rights campaigners are calling for a ban on a repeat of the pet ski competition

Animal-rights campaigners are calling for a ban on a repeat of the pet ski competition

The tortoise which normally should be hibernating at this time of year failed to come out of it shell and the cats, ducks and the chickens spent most of their time trying to go in whatever direction was as far away from the dogs as possible.

But the display still attracted a large number of watchers who cheered the animals on for the bizarre stunt.

The tortoise came in third ahead of the rabbit after it was strapped onto a snowboard, and the duck took first place after using its wings to get ahead of the skiers and away from the dogs.

Ruff treatment: The dogs assemble before the race

Ruff treatment: The dogs assemble before the race

Two dogs entered in the competition and wrapped in body warmers are carried by their owner

Two dogs entered in the competition and wrapped in body warmers are carried by their owner

Organisers defended the event that attracted 40 pet owners as ‘harmless fun’ and added that they planned to stage it again next year and hopefully have even more bizarre pets.

A spokesman said: ‘Anything goes, we even had a goldfish this year but decided not to let it take part because the fishbowl was not watertight and we feared the fish could have been spilled onto the snow.’

The pets are guided on the snow by their owners

The pets are guided on the snow by their owners

Pre-race anticipation: The duck, chicken and two dogs get to know each other

Pre-race anticipation: The duck, chicken and two dogs get to know each other

Leaping ahead: A rabbit warms up for the event

Leaping ahead: A rabbit warms up for the event

 

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By Staff Writer 01/13/2014 12:50:00