The toughest dogsled race on Earth

by LoveUniHateExams 1 Replies latest social current

  • LoveUniHateExams

    I don't know if this has been covered in a previous thread, but what the hell, I'll post anyway.

    Below is a link to some great photos of last year's Iditarod. This is commonly called 'the toughest dogsled race on Earth' - over 1,000 miles in total across Alaska.

    The sled dogs (which are often Alaskan Huskies - not to be confused with Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and even mongrels) are bred and trained for unbelievably hard work in very cold conditions. The teams travel tens of miles per day, with each dog pulling the equivalent of roughly its own bodyweight for hours on end. This is somehow done on a few pounds of fish or meat per day, per dog.

    Tremendous stamina and strength. Fantastic!

    Dogs really are Man's best friend.

  • LoveUniHateExams

    The sleddog breeds are medium-large animals that could also be man-stoppers if they weren't so friendly to humans.

    Check out the vid, below. The polar bear seems to want a companion or playmate, he hadn't reckoned on such aggression. The bear could kill the dog with one blow of its paw. I know I'm guilty of anthropomorphism, but look how gutsy the dog is being! Unbelievable.

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