Animal Crackers, Strange Sights on Tenerife

Carnival might be the time when people slip into fancy dress on Tenerife. But in the second half of January, during San Abad, it’s the island’s animals who wear odd outfits. Or more accurately, some of their owners squeeze them into ridiculous clothes.

San Abad is when animals are blessed at livestock gatherings across the island. Mostly the furry party goers are made up of oxen, goats and horses. But a medley crew of creatures can turn up at these fiestas.

These are ten of the strangest sights we’ve at San Abad seen over the years.

Starting the (odd)ball rolling in tenth place is a python bracelet. If it’s too tight, there’s not a thing you can do about it.

Snake bracelet, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

In the number nine spot, looking not very comfortable at getting water splashed on it, is a puppy being blessed.

Blessing the puppy, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Trundling along at number eight is a hen on a go-cart.

Hen in a cart, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

At number seven, a donkey wearing a hat. Not too over the top and actually it looks quite dashing.

Donkey, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Flying high at number six is a parakeet (I think) which needs toilet training.

Budgie, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Literally lying in fifth position is this Yorkie in a basket on a Shetland pony. Looks like they share the same hairdresser.

Dog in a basket, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Scrapping for fourth spot is a fight club with a difference. Don’t worry no blows were exchanged, just a lot of nervous glances on the part of the bulldog.

Bulldog and lizard, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Slithering into third place – ‘Ooh, where did you get that lovely necklace?’ Snakes are clearly what passes for accessories down Buenavista way.

Snake, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

Winging it at number three, ever felt like a gooseberry?

Bird of prey, San Abad, La Matanza, Tenerife

Maria had an embarrassed little lamb. In runner up position is this sorry looking creature.

Lamb, San Abad, La Matanza, Tenerife

And the winner of the oddest looking animal competition goes to these two in their traditional Canarian costumes. Look at those faces, the poor wee things, they’re not happy mutts.

Traditional dogs, San Abad, Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

 

Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+

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