Kubwa, a 6½-foot, 3,050-pound African elephant, defeated seven members of the NFL's Colts in a best-of-three tug-of-war at the Indianapolis Zoo. Kubwa's trainer urged her to let the Colts win one tug, which she did, grudgingly.
Bill Dance, a two-pound rooster owned and trained by Brian O'Dell, took first place in the featherweight division of the 14th Annual International Chicken Flying Meet at Gallipolis, Ohio. The 2-year-old flew 180 feet, landing safely.
NEW YORK CITY
Bendera, a 20-year-old, 500-pound lowland gorilla who shares his Bronx Zoo home with three female gorillas, did his part to help propagate the threatened species when he sired his 12th offspring in as many years, 11-month-old Tumai.
J.R.'s Ripper, a 4-year-old tick brindle greyhound owned by Irene Jenkins, set a national career-victory record when he won his 138th race at Tucson Greyhound Park. Indy Ann established the previous mark from 1954 to 1957.
December 23, 1985
ZIP and FLY
Zip, 19 months, and Fly, 16 months, 1½-ton yoked Holstein oxen owned by Auclair Farm manager Mark Brock, drawing a 12-foot oxcart backward and forward, won a paired-oxen obstacle-course race over five more-seasoned entrants at the Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Fair. Zip and Fly, whose daily training regimen included pulling firewood, hay wagons and Christmas trees, completed the 200-plus yard course in 4:07, without knocking over any obstacles.