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September 10, 2011

Blog Guy, everybody knows you’ve campaigned against bullfighting and other forms of animal cruelty. It’s safe to say that any event involving animal combat is inhumane, right?

Pretty much, yeah…

Pretty much? What does that mean?

Well, I must admit that now and then I fly over to Singapore to watch the Giant Tortoise Carrot Fights.

Giant Tortoise Carrot Fights?

Yeah, people gather around and two massive giant tortoises go after a carrot.

After about the first day and a half, most of the spectators have gone home and the rest are asleep in their seats. The bookies won’t touch the sport, because of the number of variables.

Too many variables?

No, none at all. The animals just tug until the carrot finally snaps. Then they share the pieces, have some watermelon for dessert and lumber off to watch pro wrestling. I can live with that.

It’s much more humane than that other “sport” that pits a giant tortoise against Britain’s Prince Charles. You know, the…

Blog Guy, be careful where you go with this…

…Tortoise and the Heir….

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Top: Two Aldabra giant tortoises fight for a carrot during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo September 6, 2011.

Right: Tourists feed the Aldabra a giant tortoise at the Singapore Zoo September 6, 2011.

Left: Britain’s Prince Charles gestures as he watches a martial arts display by children during the Mey Highland Games in Caithness, northern Scotland August 6, 2011.  REUTERS/David Moir

REUTERS photos by David Loh

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that first photo looks like the beginning of some serious giant tortoise lovin’ ;)

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive
 

In Scotland, they have the Mey Games in August. Do Mey showers bring Mey flours?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive
 

No One, I believe Mey flours bring pilgrims.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive
 

Mey flours means movin’.

It’s nice to see that something else survived when Aldabran was blown up by the Death Star.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive
 

Oops, sorry, my bad. That should have been Alderaan. I need more carrots for my eyesight but those danged tortoises keep winning.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive
 

Number one photo, they are parring tic tacs, in a loving way.

Number two is a tortoise looking for love in all the wrong places.

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive
 

Prince Chuckles looks like he’s ready for some action! Practicing them kung fu moves, watch out tortoise, that’s his carrot!

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive
 

@Frisco: I hear George Lucas is going to add that to the final, last, ultimate, definitive, never again, Blue Ray Star Wars trilogy/Epic thingy – jedi turtles.

Grand Moff Tarkin: I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time, where is the carrot base?

Princess Leia: Carotene–they’re on Beta Carotene

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive
 

@ Unca: Speaking of looking for love in all the wrong places (pic#3)…
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/09/09/looking-for-love-raise-the-bar- higher/

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Origins: Leonardo.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

Not many Royals provide RB with as much opportunity. :P

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive
 

That’s such a wrong photo.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

There’s a lot of wasted bok choi on the ground. They could have made a fine stir-fry with the carrots and bok choi. Make stir-fry, not carrot wars.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive
 

Sometimes I wonder, if Prince Charles was sent to finishing school….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Prince Chuckles, reliving his days in the minor leagues as a third-base coach, signals a giant tortise to steal second.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

Giant Tortoise Carrot Fights…. Well, ah’ll be – What won’t they think of next? I don’t think it’ll go over in this neck of the woods….Hereabaouts, the locals are really into possumboarding: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/29  /animal-cruelty-a-way-of-life-in-et/

(I hate to admit that I know him, but I went to school with the pro-possumboarding Rep. Niceley.)

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive
 

“Britain’s Prince Charles gestures as he watches a martial arts display…”

Is he REALLY imitating the moves he’s watching or is he about to hide his face from an approaching child screaming “Down with the royalty”?

Prince Charles makes gestures
while children practice kung fu:
He’s a quick learner!

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