Evidently, Chicago has run out of statues to dress as Jonathan Toews, so the city's moved on to more ferocious displays of Blackhawks bandwagon solidarity.
The headline does not lie: Here is a tiger at the Lincoln Park Zoo, attacking an orange box decorated with Philadelphia Flyers logos as the fans cheer. Bonus feature: Your moment of Zen as the giant feline gets around to shredding his steak dinner.
Things would get really awkward a moment later when Mike Tyson showed up singing a Phil Collins song ...
The Lincoln Park Zoo told us this stunt is part of a larger "feud" with the Philadelphia Zoo over the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. Said Sharon Dewar of the Zoo communications staff: "We sent a message to them that the whole city is behind the Blackhawks. Including a tiger."
If Chicago wins the Cup, the CEO of the Philly zoo has to wear Blackhawks gear and serve Chicago-style hot dogs to guests. If the Flyers win the Cup, the CEO of the Lincoln Park Zoo has to wear Philly gear and serve cheese steaks to his guests.
Which is a nice bet and all, but pales in comparison to our idea of chopping up the losing team's backup goalie and feeding him to the hungry jungle cats. Hey, it'd be a tidy way of getting Cristobal Huet off the cap.
Stick-tap to Puck Buddy Coz_Bulls_Fan and Second City Hockey for the tip.
- Lincoln Park Zoo