A Real Live Bear Handed Over The Ball At A Russian Soccer Match And Animal Lovers Aren't Impressed

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A Real Live Bear Handed Over The Ball At A Russian Soccer Match And Animal Lovers Aren't Impressed

Put this one down in the "only in Russia" category.

A bear, yes you that read that correctly, an actual bear has handed over the match ball to the referee at a third division Russian soccer match.

In the video the bear, Tim (yes that's his name) can be seen being lead out by his carer before geeing up the crowd with a clap before handing over the ball to the referee, who, let's be completely honest here, is way too calm to be grabbing a soccer ball from a huge bear.

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Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare charity PETA, told the Mirror the act is 'inhumane' and called the club 'out of touch'.

"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright dangerous."

There's rumours the bear was to be used at the first match of the FIFA World Cup - however organisers have distanced themselves from the suggestion. 

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