1/7/2012 12:30 AM
Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, ferrets probably aren't something you'd consider stuffing down your pants. They are fast, fidgety, and have really sharp teeth! Yet, Ferret Legging, a so-called "sport" that became popular among English coal miners in the 1970s, has recently made a resurgence in the U.S. with national events each year. (Watch the video below!)
The rules are quite simple. Competitors tie their trousers at the ankles and securely fasten their belts before placing not one, but TWO ferrets inside. He or she who stands in front of the judges longest, wins! However, the competitors cannot be drunk or drugged, the ferrets can't be either, and the competitors are not allowed to wear underwear!
Reg Mellor is credited with instituting the practice of wearing white trousers in ferret legging matches, to better display the blood from the wounds caused by the animals. "They can be cannibals," he said. "Things that live only to kill, they'll eat your eyes out to get at your brain."
His long standing world record time from 1981 was five hours and twenty-six minutes, until it was broken by Frank Bartlett in 2010 by four minutes.
The sport has come under fire for being cruel to the ferrets, but Bartlett says the accusations are ludicrous. "They like nothing better than a warm dark tunnel," he explains. "They usually curl up and fall asleep once they find themselves safe."
Watch this video of a Ferret Legging event sponsored by the Richmond Ferret Rescue League!
Source, Photo: Oddity Central; Source: Express & Star