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Bookies Launch Albatross Race

28 April 2004

LONDON – As reported by Reuters: "They're off - the world's first albatross race has been launched with celebrities, bookmakers and ecologists joining forces to save the mighty seabird from extinction.

"Punters seeking a flutter with a difference can pick the fittest and fastest albatross in a field of 18 migrating from Australia to South Africa.

"All 18 Tasmanian Shy Albatrosses have been saddled up with their very own electronic jockeys -- specially fitted satellite transmitters that will enable scientists and gamblers to plot their migration.

"…Ladbrokes, who are giving all the profits to a fund for seabird conservation, offered odds of 10-1 on Torrance's albatross being first past the post in the 6,000 mile marathon.

"…Gamblers keen to follow the big bird of their choice can log on to the site and check on the interactive map who is leading the Albatross Grand National."

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