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   Undertoad  Friday May 16 01:04 PM

5/16/2003: Battle of the Queens



Not bull fighting. COW fighting.

You're looking at the "Battle of the Queens", or "Combats de Reines" as they'd say. In the Aosta Valley in Switzerland, this is an annual tradition.

It turns out that every herd of cows has a "queen" cow that the rest of the herd will respect. They don't elect this "queen" -- they just lock horns and fight it out, and top cow gets the rights to the best grazing land. And it turns out that this little battle happens every year when the good grazing land becomes available.

The Swiss cow-herds took this to the next level when they started having arranged battles between the top queens of different herds. The cows took to it naturally because two queen cows, both wanting to lead the whole crew, are naturally oriented to do battle. (We see the same thing in humans.) And now it's a big event every Spring, with judging and categories and refereeing and such. Here's a shot from further out to show the scale of it.




xoxoxoBruce  Friday May 16 04:10 PM

looks like those bells would prevent them from lowering their heads enough to really use their horns. But hey, It's a cat fight.



arz  Friday May 16 04:23 PM

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Dagney  Friday May 16 04:41 PM

Such a MOOOOOOving image for a Firday!

Dagney



elSicomoro  Friday May 16 07:31 PM

I was expecting two drag queens to duke it out, so this was a pleasant surprise.



richlevy  Saturday May 17 11:36 AM

Re: 5/16/2003: Battle of the Queens

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad


It turns out that every herd of cows has a "queen" cow that the rest of the herd will respect. They don't elect this "queen" -- they just lock horns and fight it out

You mean like a Hadassah meeting.


chrisinhouston  Saturday May 17 04:00 PM

Does anyone else notice the similarity between the large leather colars and the trophy belts that WWF wrestlers wear?



xoxoxoBruce  Monday May 19 04:26 PM

The belts are the same but the WWF wrestlers have smaller ding dongs.



warch  Monday May 19 05:10 PM

And, just out of the frame, there must be two small side galleries of undercows from each rival herd, identically coiffed, full of attitude, glaring, whispering, and spreading vicious lies!



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