KANDA THE GREAT
Kanda, 1, a 20-pound lowland gorilla, ran up a 35-34-1 record against the point spread in picking 1983 NFL games. His predictions, aped by bettors across the country, ended this month when he retired. The reason: burnout.
LAYTON'S FINAL REQUEST
Bill (as owner Layton Peddicord calls him), a 7-year-old English pointer, won the National Shoot-To-Retrieve Trials in Amo, Ind. despite competing against a field of what one observer described as "48 real dogs."
A.J., 50 or so, a 400-pound-plus Aldabra tortoise, won the third annual 200-yard Great Tortoise Race held the week before the Indianapolis 500. A.J., who wore turquoise silks, got the checkered flag in the record time of 13:08.
BOSQUE FARMS, N. MEX.
Duck, 1, a four-pound hen, won the Great American Duck Race by little more than a bill. She ran the 16-foot distance in 1.56 seconds. Now retired from racing, she hopes to join The Tonight Show as Joan Rivers' bandleader.
December 26, 1983
Oscar's Velvet, 7, a Brahma, was named Bull of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association though he was injured—torn ligaments in his left hind leg—for nearly four months. He threw 17 of 19 riders in 1983.
SAN MARCOS, TEX.
Rocky, 10 months, a 35-pound piglet, performs at the Aquarena Springs amusement park, where he uses the stage name Ralph the Swimming Pig. He dives—a belly flop, naturally—off a one-foot platform and then "dog" paddles 40 yards.