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Spanish villagers 'shear the beasts' in centuries-old tradition

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Men grab a wild colt during the Rapa das Bestas (Shearing the Beasts) tradition in Mougas, northwestern Spain, on June 9.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

A wild horse runs as the Shearing of the Beasts takes place in Mougas, June 9.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Men grab a wild colt during the Shearing of the Beasts on June 9.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Men mark a wild colt during the Shearing of the Beasts in Mougas, June 9.

By Associated Press,

Rapa das Bestas or the Shearing of the Beasts is an ancient tradition in Mougas, northwestern Spain, dating from the 15th century. It consists of gathering the wild horses in the mountains, placing them in a 'curro' or corral, shaving them and branding them before releasing them in the mountains until next year.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Men mark a wild colt during the Shearing of the Beasts in Mougas on June 9.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

Wild horses stand in the the corral as the Shearing of the Beasts takes place in Mougas on June 9.