Olympic COVID-19 guidelines imply spectators are, however one furry fan nonetheless tried to sneak into the Fukushima softball venue internet hosting the primary sports activities occasion of the : a bear. The animals are frequent throughout Japan and commonly spark frantic hunts once they enterprise into cities, the place they’ve been recognized to assault and even kill native residents.
A Fukushima police spokesman confirmed the intruder was noticed final night time after which once more Wednesday morning, simply hours earlier than the opening pitch in a match pitting hosts Japan in opposition to Australia.
“A guard discovered a bear inside Azuma Sports activities Park early within the morning yesterday. We additionally obtained comparable data this morning,” the spokesman instructed AFP.
“We could not discover or seize the bear, and whereas there will not be any spectators on the stadium, we’re on alert and trying to find the bear across the website.”
Native media recognized the animal as an Asian black bear, with the Sports Hochi daily saying all the contingent of Olympic guards assigned to the venue spent the night time trying to find the creature.
They even blasted music and set off firecrackers in an effort to flush out the bear, the newspaper mentioned.
However the softball match, which comes simply two days earlier than the opening ceremony, went off with no hitch regardless of the intruder with Japan recording a straightforward 8-1 victory. The U.S. beat Italy 2-0 later within the day.
Final month, a brown bear sparked an enormous search involving police and native hunters after it, which can host the Olympic marathon. The bear mauled a soldier and a pedestrian who was hospitalized after the assault.
Video of the bear shown by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK confirmed the animal climb over a barbed-wire fence and police scrambling to seize it earlier than it was lastly shot lifeless.
Asian black bears are native to massive components of Japan, together with the nation’s fundamental island, whereas brown bears roam Hokkaido additional north. Final yr, a city tormented by wild bears in Hokkaidoto howl on the bears and scare them off.