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Three lions score in World Cup Success

By Warren Wilkins 1st April 2021

Three lions score in World Cup Success

There was roar-some news from Newquay Zoo this morning after their three lions were called up to the England Animal football team.

If you’ve visited the zoo before, you may well have seen that the lions - Boss, Semira and Amahle - love playing with their enrichment ball and to us, it would be the same as a friendly game of football. Since they arrived at the zoo back in 2015, keepers have noticed their ball kicking skills have improved, so they’ve made the decision to enter them into the England side.

The national team is made up of several zoo collections who put forward their best ‘playing’ animals to be a part of the prestigious team. Each week, the animals are monitored in terms of goals they score, their pass technique and total time they play. All of this information then gets recorded and submitted to the England management team to produce one final score. The score is then submitted to the World Cup of Zoological Collections where a winner will be crowned once the season is over.

Reflecting on the news that his lions have received an international call-up, senior carnivore keeper Mike Downman said: “Boss, Semira and Amahle have been doing incredibly well practicing so far. However, they do still need a bit more training to compete in the tournament, so we’ve actually contacted Lionel Messi, in the hope that he can give us some tips and tricks to help improve their skills, or better yet, support the England side on their mission to win.

“We wish Boss, Semira and Amahle, the best of luck with their mission to win the World Cup of Zoological Collections. Let’s hope it’s a double win for both England football teams in their tournaments this year.”

*Edit: Remember it’s April 1, folks, or more commonly known as April Fools’ Day. Thank you to Newquay Zoo, but we can confirm that the three lions have decided against an international call-up for the England animal side*

By Warren Wilkins 1st April 2021

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