From boxing gorillas to a weightlifting squirrel, sporty animals showcase talents in these photos


Ready for the Commonwealth Games: From boxing gorillas to a weightlifting squirrel, incredible photos capture sporty animals showcasing their talents as the tournament continues in Birmingham

  • These remarkable photographs capture animals from around the world showcasing their sporting talents
  • They were rounded up to mark the Commonwealth Games, which is continuing in Birmingham this weekend
  • They include a snap capturing a pair of bear cubs as they appeared to take on one another in a boxing match

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These stunning photographs capture animals from around the world showcasing their sporting talents – including a weightlifting squirrel and boxing gorillas.

Rounded up to mark the Commonwealth Games, which is continuing in Birmingham this weekend, the images show various creatures seemingly showing off their athletic abilities.

They include a stunning picture capturing a pair of feisty bear cubs as they appeared to take on one another in a boxing match. The image was taken by photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen, 60, from Sotkamo, Finland.

Elsewhere, Indraneel Dani snapped an image of Indian bullfrogs as they apparently limbered up for the Commonwealth Games by playing a game of leapfrog.

This weightlifting squirrel shows off their strength in a hilarious snap captured by photographer Geert Weggen, in a forest near his home in Bispgarden, Sweden, after he left ‘barbells’ created with nuts in the area

These stunning photographs capture animals from around the world showcasing their sporting talents - including a weightlifting squirrel and boxing gorillas (pictured)

These stunning photographs capture animals from around the world showcasing their sporting talents – including a weightlifting squirrel and boxing gorillas (pictured)

Eyes on the prize!  Caton the police horse, who worked with Lancashire Police, is seen playing with his football in this adorable photograph

Eyes on the prize! Caton the police horse, who worked with Lancashire Police, is seen playing with his football in this adorable photograph

Photographer Nicolas Reusens, from Barcelona, ​​Spain, captured an eagle seemingly performing an ice skating routine when walking on the icy snow at an undisclosed location

Photographer Nicolas Reusens, from Barcelona, ​​Spain, captured an eagle seemingly performing an ice skating routine when walking on the icy snow at an undisclosed location

This stunning picture captures a pair of feisty bear cubs as they appear to take on one another in a boxing match.  The image was taken by photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen, 60, from Sotkamo, Finland

This stunning picture captures a pair of feisty bear cubs as they appear to take on one another in a boxing match. The image was taken by photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen, 60, from Sotkamo, Finland

Elsewhere, Indraneel Dani snapped an image (pictured above) of Indian bullfrogs as they apparently limbered up for the Commonwealth Games by playing a game of leapfrog

Elsewhere, Indraneel Dani snapped an image (pictured above) of Indian bullfrogs as they apparently limbered up for the Commonwealth Games by playing a game of leapfrog

A squirrel seemingly performs the Long Jump

A dog practices their tennis skills by holding a blue racquet in their mouth and bouncing a ball on it

A squirrel seemingly performs the Long Jump, pictured left, while a dog practices their tennis skills by holding a blue racquet in their mouth and bouncing a ball on it

Photographer Niki Colemont captured this adorable squirrel seemingly performing gymnastics when hanging off a tree in an unknown location

Photographer Niki Colemont captured this adorable squirrel seemingly performing gymnastics when hanging off a tree in an unknown location

Guti, the Boston Terrier, balances a tennis ball on his head

Otter Eddie shoots hoops as he plays basketball

Guti, the Boston Terrier, balances a tennis ball on his head, pictured left, while otter Eddie shoots hoops as he plays basketball, pictured right

Golden retriever Ricochet is a champion surfer who puts her talents on the board to good use by teaching disabled children how to surf in Southern California

Golden retriever Ricochet is a champion surfer who puts her talents on the board to good use by teaching disabled children how to surf in Southern California

This amusing picture captures guinea pigs Buster, left, and Bingo, right, wearing hats and whistles while posing with a basketball to mark the Commonwealth Games, which this year have been held in Birmingham

This amusing picture captures guinea pigs Buster, left, and Bingo, right, wearing hats and whistles while posing with a basketball to mark the Commonwealth Games, which this year have been held in Birmingham

Photographer Don McLeish was left gobsmacked after witnessing a couple of playful whales breaching in sync with each other off the coast of the Pacific island of Maui, Hawaii

Photographer Don McLeish was left gobsmacked after witnessing a couple of playful whales breaching in sync with each other off the coast of the Pacific island of Maui, Hawaii

Trying out for hurdling in the Commonwealth Games?  This incredible photograph by Jeffrey Wu captured a brazen zebra running and jumping over hyenas

Trying out for hurdling in the Commonwealth Games? This incredible photograph by Jeffrey Wu captured a brazen zebra running and jumping over hyenas

Fighting felines: These cheetah cubs, thought to have been snapped in Kenya, by photographer Clint Ralph, appeared to be in a tough match against each other

Fighting felines: These cheetah cubs, thought to have been snapped in Kenya, by photographer Clint Ralph, appeared to be in a tough match against each other

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