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Cows clash for bovine crown

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:00

May 12 - Swiss village of Aproz attracts thousands of fight enthusiasts as it holds the popular finale of the cow fighting season that crowns one cow ''Queen of Queens''. Elly Park reports.

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Cows charge to battle in the Swiss alpine village of Aproz. The ladies are locking horns for the prestigious title of "Queen of Queens", awarded to the last cow standing in the ring. Cows tend to fight each other naturally to dominate the herd, and just like in the wild any cow that backs off is declared the loser and gets eliminated from the competition. While first organized in 1923, "the Fight of the Queens" is seen as a local tradition, attracting tens of thousands of spectators and their cows. SOUNDBITE: Farmer, Francois Luzier, saying (French) "It's exactly like a sportsman qualified and arrived at the Olympics. The aim is to win but we are not there yet. But it could happen, we always hope." That's because a win could beef up the reputation of a breeder and his queen as her calves will sell for up to ten times more than before.

Cows clash for bovine crown

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:00

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