Selçuk Camel Wrestling
Camel wrestling is one of the traditional sports in Turkey. It is most common in the Aegean region of Turkey, but is also been practiced in other parts of Turkey. It is thought that this sport has its origins in the nomadic tribes who depended on camels for their livelihood. Today, it is mostly popular in the Aegean region, where contests are held in the winter months from December to March. Male camels are bred and trained specifically for wrestling and must be of a certain type, known as Tulu Camels. Contests are held under strict regulation to protect the welfare of the animals who may only wrestle once per day in a match which lasts for only 10 or 15 minutes.