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Monday, November 10, 2014

Ready to rave for Seattle Sounders FC

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor


Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Woodland Park Zoo is “Ready to Rave” for the Seattle Sounders FC facing Dallas in the final leg of the Western Conference semifinals. We recruited the grizzly bears and Asian small-clawed otters to join us in rallying for the Sounders today, and, well, they had a ball! (Get it?)

Photo by Stan Milkowski/Woodland Park Zoo.

Playing by their own rule book, the otters used their nimble hands to dribble the ball around the exhibit. Then the family of 10 all joined in on the fun of destroying the ball together!

Photo by Stan Milkowski/Woodland Park Zoo.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Keepers also tossed a soccer ball to each of the grizzly bears, brothers Keema and Denali. It only takes one grizzly bite to deflate a soccer ball!

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

OK, there’s not much kicking or anything resembling soccer going on here, but it’s clear the bears are enjoying their new enrichment. We’re looking forward to seeing a little more action in the game tonight. Go Sounders!

2 comments:

  1. I think they need to feed the otters and bears a bit more! ;)

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  2. Pics of beautiful captive animals eating the dyes and plastics of sports detritus is disgusting. Surely they would photograph better chewing up bank statements, if it should have to come to that.

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