That headline is not a “funny,” or a “joke,” as some would call it. It’s completely serious. The joys of tuk-tuk polo have been unleashed upon the world, and it’s all because elephants can’t be “trusted” not to “crush cars” when they’re supposed to be playing polo instead.

Look at those little tuk-tuks go.

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The 2016 Tuk-Tuk Polo Championships in Galle, Sri Lanka were created after the last big polo tournament, in 2007, ended when one of the polo players decided to go on a rampage, repeatedly headbutting a van until it had a massive dent in its side:

And even the locals sound pretty happy about it, AFP notes:

“We are glad that tuk-tuks have replaced elephants in this game,” said animal rights activist Sagarika Rajakarunanayake. “Elephants are subjected to cruel treatment at these events.”

We’re glad, too, Sagarika Rajakarunanayake. We’re glad, too.

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And while we may never understand why auto polo didn’t catch on, we can’t say we didn’t expect tuk-tuk polo’s moment in the sun.


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