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   Undertoad  Monday Feb 21 09:37 AM

2/21/2005: Fighting sheep



xoxoxoBruce, who is on fire finding images, finds this one which is just brilliant. It's the Chinese city of Huaibei holding an annual spring festival, and part of it is watching sheep fight.

A whole lot can be said about this one, I think. First of all, WHAT A GREAT SHOT. Not only did the photographer capture that exact moment of collision, s/he was able to frame the shot perfectly from a design POV. Notice how the people land about a third of the way down the shot, and the sheep collide at about the second third. Maybe the photographer got lucky and could crop for design, but just as likely s/he figured out where that shot was and found the right place to be to get it.

Even the colors express that design principle. Check it - the lower third is all tan, including the sheep; the middle is an array of different colors, and the colorless sky borders the top. The ratios are not exact thirds... that would be less intereesting to the eye.

And then there are the people, all staring intently, a sea of expressions. Happy? Interested? Bored? Excited?

Like cockfighting, is this people making animals fight for their own enjoyment? Or is it a natural process of nature in which there's no harm just watching? Are we, as IotD readers (and WaPo readers, since that's where xoB found it), also participating in this? Do we get a weird enjoyment from watching these animals fight? Would we rather not see it? Is it OK for us to enjoy the image even if it required some level of brutality to get it?

I dunno.



chrisinhouston  Monday Feb 21 10:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Like cockfighting, is this people making animals fight for their own enjoyment?

Don't know, but if it's not legal in Oklahoma I bet someone will pass a law allowing it!


richlevy  Monday Feb 21 02:28 PM

Somehow I don't think the 'fighting sheep' will ever make it as a sports team name.



Trilby  Monday Feb 21 03:10 PM

I've always liked the 'fighting ScapeGoats' as a sports team name. Like on FunkyWinkerbean.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 21 05:09 PM

I love the expressions on the peoples faces.

And the eyeball of the righthand sheep.



404Error  Tuesday Feb 22 12:25 AM

My money would be on the left sheep.



russotto  Tuesday Feb 22 09:33 AM

The guy in the center with the cigarette definitely has money on this -- and he likes his odds.



magilla  Tuesday Feb 22 10:44 AM

This is normal behavior for sheep- well, rams. It's a dominance game, like the deer wrestling with their antlers. Most of the time, no one gets hurt. The odd thing is that this would usually take place in the breeding season- which is Fall, not Spring. Lambs are born in Spring, so the ewes have to be impregnated a few months earlier. I imagine humans can change that around though.



mrnoodle  Tuesday Feb 22 12:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
Somehow I don't think the 'fighting sheep' will ever make it as a sports team name.
My old high school


Clodfobble  Tuesday Feb 22 12:47 PM

"Our old mascot was a gentle lamb named Leroy - more recently portrayed with the tough and hungry face of Clyde. In either case we are the ONLY Lambkins in the country, and we love it - even the ribbing we take. Wear your purple and gold often and with pride. "

Very nice! We were the "Maroons," and our mascot was a purple ball of fur with limbs named "Mr. Maroo." Oh yeah, and he wore a beanie.



wolf  Tuesday Feb 22 01:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
Somehow I don't think the 'fighting sheep' will ever make it as a sports team name.
While technically not using the word "sheep" ... I'm a Golden Ram.


lookout123  Tuesday Feb 22 01:31 PM

Quote:
We were the "Maroons,"
Moline, Illinois???


Wormfood  Tuesday Feb 22 01:32 PM

I have always wondered how their brains...yes I mean the sheeps... can take
that impact over and over again..
I can't do that with a helmet on...



lookout123  Tuesday Feb 22 01:51 PM

sheep may not be the most intelligent animals to begin with. a little drain bamage won't stop them from following the shepherd, eating grass - roots and all, mating etc...



Montmorency  Tuesday Feb 22 05:14 PM

Wow, that is a great picture, and what a great introduction, too, drawing the attention to all the details.

You know, those people on there are looking at a picture just as excellent as the one we see. The pale washed-out tone of the field and the sheep, and the multi-coloured crowd of onlookers, wearing a vast array of different expressions from indifferent to excited to amused. Those funny Westerners all tend to look the same, though .



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 22 06:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by russotto
The guy in the center with the cigarette definitely has money on this -- and he likes his odds.
Or one of the combatants is his son. He's got that proud Papa look.

I guess if mrnoodle put his Lamkins up against Wolf's Golden Rams it'd be,
Ram-A-Lamb-A-Ding-Dong.


Clodfobble  Tuesday Feb 22 11:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lookout123
Moline, Illinois???
No--Austin, Texas. But it's good to know we're not the only ones.


Billy  Wednesday Feb 23 03:46 AM

I know the rooster fighting, bull fighting, cricket fighting.



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