Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bear Performs at Russian Football Match

 Footage of a bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as "shocking and inhumane" by animal welfare groups.

A YouTube video showed circus bear 'Tim' hand the ball to the referee before the third-tier game between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk, Russia

The bear is then seen clapping to fans while stood on his hind legs.

With the Russian World Cup only a few months away, the incident has led to unconfirmed reports that the bears might be used in the competition in some capacity, but if The Simpsons has taught us anything, is that bears are perhaps not the most suitable participants in live television:

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