China’s football team didn’t make it to the World Cup this year, but that didn’t prevent Chinese footie enthusiasts from staging weird local football matches of their own. Following the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium’s “Underwater World Cup” we present you with the Guangzhou Changlong Wildlife Park’s “Animal World Cup”, featuring an elephant, a bear and monkeys. Oh my.
An Animal World Cup was held in Guangzhou Changlong Zoo on Sun w/ a bear as a goalkeeper & elephant as soccer player pic.twitter.com/mctAejkkBC
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) June 23, 2014
The elephant was definitely in the game kicking the ball around, but the bear wasn’t really present. Apparently the guy stayed away from the goalposts the whole time. Not the kind of player you want to have on your side…
Meanwhile, monkeys were invited to predict the outcomes of the Portugal vs US match. Ecns.cn said that they were gorillas (they’re not). It seems that the Global Times wasn’t the only news blog that caught a
World Cup fever today.
It turns out that monkeys, however, are just as bad at foreseeing World Cup results as pet turtles. The chimpanzee guessed Portugal would win the game. The score was 2-2.
China should have just stuck to pandas.
Or it should just stop with the animals all together before things get too weird.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via Ecns.cn]