Animal Winter Games

Animal Winter Games

In Arctic waters, ice sheets bond and break against one another. It’s a setting for unusual heavy weight competition – tusk wrestling. The arena – a shrinking ice form, the contestants – a pack of sun starved walruses. The larger males weigh up to 2700 pounds and sport tusks more than a foot long. It’s a contest of size, stamina and as with all sports, the determination to win. The object is simple; the last walrus on the ice wins the gold medal and a chance to bask in the golden rays of the sun. It starts with a show of tusks. A standard opening tactic – it scares off smaller competitors. A few cows and calves scramble off the ice and into the water. The showmanship won’t win the fight. Someone has to make the first push.
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It’s a scrum as every tusker shoves its way to the centre. Two walruses plow into each other. Each tries to push the other one back. One gains a height and jabs with tusk strike. The scrum doesn’t let up. Tusks stab left and right. The welts look nasty but they only sting. Every one of these cold weather sumo wrestler is protected by a hefty layer of blubber and inch think skin. even so the tusk strikes make a point. Running out of steam, some walruses head for cooler waters. The field begins to clear. This tusk wrestlers pushes off with the flippers. His opponent loses balance and down he goes. The last few contestants slip into the water. Only one remains on the ice. Bloody, tired, he tastes the sweet air of victory and the warm rays of the winner’s sun.
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