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Animals show Sounders spirit

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham & Gigi Allianic, Communications

Woodland Park Zoo is cheering for the Seattle Sounders FC as they head to the first round of MLS Cup playoffs this week. This morning, the animals got into the spirit of the playoffs their own way. While we didn’t see any banana kicks or diving headers here, the zoo’s grizzly bears, twin snow leopard cubs, and Humboldt penguins did have quite the time playing with and kicking around soccer balls.

The soccer balls for the animals are a form of enrichment as part of the zoo’s animal care program to help enhance the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. The cubs playfully tumbled with the soccer balls, the bears crushed them with their jaws, and the penguins excitedly dove around the soccer balls floating in their pool.

Do your own cheering as the Seattle Sounders FC face the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Playoff Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Qwest Field.

Photos by Ryan Hawk.


Unknown said…
This is super cute.

Erik! said…
Sounders 'til I die!! ... and love zoo critters too!
Anonymous said…
Soccer balls and fun. Naturally
Anonymous said…
have they ever played with basketballs when the Seattle Storm have been in the playoffs.
No, but we've proudly hosted the Storm Day at the Zoo twice and hope to again!
SnowLeopard said…
The snow leopard cubs are getting so big! I'm happy to see how healthy and happy they are~ :)