MOSCOW – Animal rights teams have condemned using a bear that carried out earlier than a Russian soccer match.
The routine occurred earlier than a Russia second division match Sunday within the metropolis of Pyatigorsk. TV footage from the sport confirmed the animal being led to the Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk membership’s stadium, clapping at spectators. The bear, named Tima, additionally held the ball earlier than handing it over to the referee.
The stadium’s announcer claimed that the bear will participate within the World Cup’s opening ceremony in Moscow in June, however soccer authorities have not confirmed that. The membership’s supervisor says it was borrowed from a circus.
The New York-based World Animal Safety group condemned the stunt Monday, saying that it is clear from the footage that “merciless coaching strategies have been used” on the bear.