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Camel Wrestling Festival

Photographer: Tolga Bozoglu


According to reports tens of thousands visitors attend the annual event. A total of 110 wrestling camels fight one on one in around 55 fights. A camel wrestling event involves considerable pomp and ceremony. The camels are decorated, and participate in a march through town followed by musicians on the day before the event.A fight puts together two bull (male) camels with a female camel on heat nearby. The camels fight it out for the female, leaning on each other to push the other one down. The sport is most common in the Aegean region of Turkey, but is also found in the Marmara and Mediterranean regions of the country.