From Iceland — No Running Of The Rams

No Running Of The Rams

Published December 1, 2011

The proposed “Reykjavík Ramathon”, slated to be held this holiday season, will not go on as planned.
Last August, the city had come up with the idea to have a group of rams decorated in a Christmasy fashion and then made to run through downtown Reykjavík. Dubbed the Reykjavík Ramathon, Pressan reports the plans have now been put on ice, for reasons largely to do with ram biology.
After consulting with animal behaviour experts on the feasibility of the plan, it came to light that during this time of year, rams are in heat. This makes them very aggressive, particularly towards each other. As such, it would be unsafe to let a group of them run through downtown Reykjavík.
Guðmundur Halldórsson, project director for the office of the capital, said that the Reykjavík Ramathon idea isn’t totally off the table – it could be held around Easter, or even in the fall. Whenever it may be held, he assured reporters that the Ramathon will be conducted with the upmost respect for the animals, their owners, and the residents of the city.

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