Thursday, August 17, 2017

Butterfly Park to host turtle races

Butterfly Park in Yekaterinburg will host a turtle race to celebrate the park's birthday on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Turtle racing will take place almost non-stop on Saturday. The turtles slated to appear have been given nicknames like Ferrari, Bugatti, or Maserati, RT.com reports.

"They are running real fast. We think it's because they practice a lot," park manager Elena Shamratova said, according to RT.com. "They are left walking across the park freely and don't sit in the terrarium."

Organizers for the race are promising not to push the turtles too hard and stretch them beyond their limits.

Turtle racing involves participants placing a turtle in the center of a circle. Fans then watch to see which turtle crosses out of the circle first.

Turtle racing initially became popular in the Bahamas at the start of the 20th century, spreading to the United States by 1902. It has since spread to Canada, which began hosting the Canadian Turtle Derby in 1972, and the rest of the world.