The traumatized poultry wasn't the only animal to interfere with a soccer game in Russian Federation last weekend: The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, before a third-tier game Saturday in the North Caucasuses, a trained bear named Tima was sent out to ceremonially present the ball to the referee.
Standing on its hind legs, the bear can be seen holding onto the ball while standing beside the pitch, moments before kick-off. Before a third-tier game in the North Caucasus region on Saturday, a trained bear was sent out to ceremonially present the ball to the referee.
Just months before the 2018 World Cup takes place in the country, this is exactly the kind of weird publicity that the Russian football authorities could do without.More news: Sparta Police: Blocked Plate Ends with Drug Charges
Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity PETA, told the Mirror the act is "inhumane" and called the club "out of touch".
Understandably, the sight of a bear being used in this way won't sit well with lots of animal lovers watching the footage.
She said: "In addition to being inhumane, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright risky".More news: Watch SpaceX launch an observatory to hunt alien planets
"The bear is the symbol of Russian Federation, so we hope the country's people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them", Newkirk added.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the stunt was used by Russian officials as a practice run before the real thing at the opening match at this summer's World Cup.
She said that bears are wild and their hnadlers should always take note of their needs.More news: Philadelphia Eagles: Best wide receiver fit in the 2018 NFL Draft