Video footage of a bear blowing a vuvuzela (plastic horn) while being driven around in Moscow in a jeep after a Russia World Cup victory has outraged fans with many referring to the deed as both dangerous and inhumane.
According to the Daily Mail, the animal is thought to be the same bear forced to perform at a Russian football match earlier in the year. The bear was trained to hand the ball to a referee and then made to clap as the match started. He was muzzled while his handler forced him to stand on his hind legs. Planners had promised the bear would no longer be used as social outrage intensified.
And then again. In the latest video, people can be seen taking “selfies” with the bear after Russia defeated Saudi Arabia by 5-0. The bear is believed to be a circus bear named Tima. The bear is also shown making a gesture to the crowd resembling the “quenelle” which is associated with antisemitism.
The sight of the bear riding in the car evoked rage on Twitter:
“World is going backwards fast if folk find this entertaining.”
“Hope it mauls the cruel and senseless human beings.”
“Breaks my heart. How people can stand and laugh is beyond me. The amount of abuse that bear has lived through makes me feel sick.”
Ironically the bear is a symbol of Russia and it had been thought there would be some national pride as to how this animal should be treated.
Check out the video:
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