Can you identify the actual critter sports? Here's a hint: Four of them are real. You'll find the answers on the last slide!
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Elephant Water Skiing
You'd think it'd be nearly impossible to get elephants up on water skis, but it's easier than it looks. Their giant feet create a wide base that distributes their weight, giving them tremendous balance. Also, their trunks make it easy for them to breathe underwater when they wipe out.
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How do their tiny feet reach the pedals? Well, they don't. The little guys run in a wheel that's connected to a car body, which is propelled along the 16-foot course.
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Talk about mad hoppin' down the bunny trail! These specially bred rabbits can leap higher than three feet in the air as they navigate the obstacle-filled course. The sport began in Sweden and has now spread as far away as the U.S. and Australia.
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Paw-a-bunga! The largest competition — in which man's best friend hops on a board and hangs 20 — featured 65 dogs and more than 2,500 spectators.
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Just cock-a-doodle-do it! Roosters and hens are coaxed along a balance beam by their coach, who can get them to do tricks by tossing feed in their direction. But if the coach touches the bird, it's a fowl. I mean, a foul.
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Anyone who's ever seen a cat go after a ball of string knows that kitties are very good at picking things up. One of the more controversial animal sports, feline weightlifting was rocked by a steroids scandal at the world championship in 2005, which explains why you never see it on TV anymore.
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First held in China, the Pig Olympics grew to include events such as running, swimming, and a soccer-like game in which the piggies use their snouts to push a greased-up ball toward a goal. You can read all about it in Porks Illustrated.
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Elephant Water Skiing: Fake
Hamster Racing: Real
Bunny Jumping: Real
Dog Surfing: Real
Chicken Gynamstics: Fake
Cat Weightlifting: Fake
Pig Olympics: Real
Photos: JOHN LUND/BLEND IMAGES RM/GETTY IMAGES (ELEPHANT), News & Pictures North (hamsters), JENS MEYER/AP (RABBIT), LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS (DOG), ERICK W. RASCO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (CHICKEN); TABITHA PATRICK/GETTY IMAGES (MAT), AKIMASA HARADA/FLICKR RF/GETTY IMAGES (CAT); HAAG & KROPP GBR/GETTY IMAGES (BARBELL), IVAN SEKRETAREV/AP (PIGS)
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