- Title: AUSTRALIA: RACING PIGS AT SYDNEY'SAGRICULTURAL EASTER SHOW
- Date: 8th April 2004
- Summary: (L!3) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 8, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) WIDE OF CROWDS WAITING FOR RACING PIGLETS SHOW "MISS PIGGY" WITH BOW ON WALKING AROUND RING KEEPER FEEDING MISS PIGGY (2 SHOTS) CROWD APPLAUDS PIG WALKING UP RAMP, DIVING INTO POOL KEEPER FEEDING PIGS WOMAN WEARING FURRY EARS HAT WATCHING SHOW TOM VANDELEUR, RING SHOWMAN TALKING TO CROWD PIG WALKING UP RAMP TO POOL GIRL WATCHING PIG REFUSING TO JUMP INTO WATER, WALKING AROUND SHOWMAN TOM VANDERLEUR TALKING PIGS RACING AROUND RING CROWD WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOM VANDELEUR, SHOWMAN, SAYING: "These pigs were picked out of a batch of 40 and then after that you take your chances on them. Most pigs will race but it all depends on the training methods and whether you can really control these animals. It's a whole ball game and it's very intense." PIGS RACING (SOUNDBITE) (English) VANESSA LURCHE, 15 AND JODIE RIGBY, 13 SAYING: (JODIE)"No way, I've only seen them in the mud or eating". (VANESSA)"That's a new thing." (JODIE) "It was so cute - the first one lost." CROWDS WALKING THROUGH EASTER SHOW
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2004 13:00
- Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Country: Australia
- Topics: Entertainment,Environment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVABV1QHPXYGLFC8GOMJM4UZXCUD
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- Story Text: Racing pigs steal the limelight at Sydney's annual agricultural Easter Show.
Racing and diving pigs have stolen the show at the Easter Show in Sydney, Australia.
Miss Piggy is the prima donna of a group of talented pigs.
The porcine squad includes an elite diving squad of two who leap from a four-metre tower into a water pool -- however sometimes even these stars refuse to perform.
A racing crew of eight pigs also delights the crowds as they ran around a 35-metre-long track in seconds flat.
Showman Tom Vandeleur has been touring Australia with his talented squad.
"These pigs were picked out of a batch of 40 and then after that you take your chances on them. Most pigs will race but it all depends on the training methods and whether you can really control these animals. It's a whole ball game and It's very intense," Vandeleur said.
Visitors to the show said they were amazed at the pigs' antics.
"No way, I've only seen them in the mud or eating.
That's a new thing. It was so cute - the first one lost,"
said Jodie Rigby a young guest at the races.
Miss Piggy and her racing comrades live in luxury sties with air-conditioned sleeping quarters.
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