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Ever Seen Camels Wrestle?

By Rediff News Bureau
January 18, 2022 11:23 IST
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Please click on the images for glimpses of the 40th annual Efes Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, near Izmir, Turkey.

IMAGE: Wrestling camel Ozarslan Bey, adorned with colourful ornaments, takes part in the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the camel wrestling festival.
All photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters


IMAGE: A wrestling camel is paraded before the Camel Beauty Contest.


IMAGE: Wrestling camel Ozarslanbey is paraded at the Pamucak Arena.


IMAGE: Camels wait for the start of the competition.


IMAGE: Spectators eagerly wait for the camels to start wrestling.


IMAGE: A prayer before the competition begins.


IMAGE: Spectators toast the camels.


IMAGE: Camels wrestle in the Pamucak Arena.


IMAGE: Spectators agog at the camel bouts.


IMAGE: Humans take over from the camels in the arena -- to dance, not wrestle.


Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/


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