Cow did you do that? Bull painting festival shows off animal art


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Using a cow as a canvas isn't the first material that pops into most artists' minds.

But hundreds of people turned up to see the traditional bull painting festival in Jiangcheng County, southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Altogether 48 teams joined this year's China-Laos-Vietnam Bull Painting Festival, which was originally started because locals believed it would scare away tigers.

Cow did you do that? Bull painting festival shows off animal artRex


Wonderful vivid colours are used to paint scenes from local life, including the surrounding countryside, its people, weather, and customs.

The artistic Hani people mainly live among the counties on the Honghe River, and have a population of around 1.4 million.

See how animals across the country in UK zoos celebrated Christmas below:

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Cow did you do that? Bull painting festival shows off animal art

Lucifer the lion checks out his Christmas presents at London Zoo.

A reindeer at Bristol Zoo Gardens tucks in to a Christmas meal.

Sumatran tiger cub Kembali checks out her pressie at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Santa gives the humboldt penguins a snack at Marineland exhibition park, Antibes, France

Dudley the lion gets a stocking full of meat at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland.

A curious chimpanzee, Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

Christmas goose Auguste sits on donkey Eddy's back in Marzahn, Berlin.

Coatis find delicacies in their hats, Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg, Germany.

Giraffes get long stockings at London Zoo.

Donna the elephant gets a gift, Whipsnade Safari Park.

A monkey plays with Christmas decorations at Buenos Aires Zoo.

Seals sifting through the snow at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

Festive fun and games at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

A baby meercat finds a cosy spot at Drummond Safari Park, Scotland.

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