Friday, September 29, 2006



It's a pretty safe bet that Australia invented kangaroo-boxing as a sport, but it's been officially banned here for decades.

Not so in China, where crowds apparently roar with delight when kangaroos are are turned loose on...clowns.

It's hardly a fair fight. The kangaroo's boxing gloves are tiny, plus he's been tethered in place.

But then, if the kangaroo was free he probably would have completely destroyed the clown. Anyone who has ever copped a double kick from even a small kangaroo knows just how strong, how powerful they really are.

From the Daily Mail :

An Australian kangaroo receives a fierce blow to the head by a man dressed in a clown suit in a shameful contest that will further fuel fears over China's barbaric attitude to animals.

The bizarre marsupial-versus-human bout happened during the so-called Animal Olympics in Shanghai.

Animal rights campaigners say the Chinese have an appalling poor record for animal rights protection and have no laws to protect them.

In the fight, the Australian kangaroo appears to reel backwards after receiving a right hook from its garishly attired opponent.

But the 'roo, which was wearing boxing gloves on its front paws, fought back, grappling with the clown who was forced back towards the ropes by its onslaught.

The kangaroo is just one of 300 'athletes' taking part in the annual event, now in its fourth year, at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

The event held in a large arena also involves an elephant carrying the Olympic torch and various animals including zebras and mountain goats put through a series of events such as hurdles and races.

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