Ferdinand the bull has been a Taranaki rugby mascot since the 1950s. He has appeared in a number of guises. This smoke-exhaling version is 'Big Ferdie', built for a 2005 match against the British and Irish Lions. In the audio clip, Taranaki rugby supporters sing of Ferdinand’s talents, to the tune of ‘Robin Hood’. The song ends with a suitably awe-inspiring bull roar.
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Sound file courtesy of Radio Taranaki