Larry, 33, a 13-inch hyacinthine macaw who plays power forward in The Busch Gardens Bird Show, shot 100% this year en route to scoring 2,824 points by dropping a plastic golf ball through a hoop hung at a height of 13 inches.
HO IKA IKA
Ho, whereabouts now unknown, who was recruited out of Chesapeake Bay, skittered down a 16-foot plywood incline to triumph over 23 other entrants and win the featured Governor's Cup race in the 35th National Hard Crab Derby.
Brutus, 3, a 31-pound male Border collie-Australian shepherd mix, put on a dazzling display of agility to win the Ashley Whippet Invitational. He caught more Frisbees in 90 seconds—15 out of 15—than any of the nine other regional champs.
Ruby, 1, won the Great Gobbler Gallop, which annually pits the fastest turkeys from Cuero and Worthington, Minn. After Ruby's combined-time win of 3:04 in two heats, each of about 330 yards, Worthington leads the 10-year series 6-4.
Klinger, now deceased, a Norway rat, raced around a 17-foot oval track in 2.7 seconds to win the 10th annual Running of the Rodents held at hometown Spalding College. Klinger beat a pack of seven other rats to become the big cheese.
HOT SPRINGS, ARK.
The Chick, a 5-year-old bantam mixed-breed hen, has pecked out some 15,000 home runs in her four-year career at the I.Q. Zoo by pulling a nylon loop that activates a bat. Despite hitting all homers, she shows surprising speed on the bases.