butchtcougarAP.jpg
They've got plenty of lions, tigers and bears at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. But a certain Cougar isn't welcome. (AP image)

WSU Cougar not welcome at Woodland Park Zoo

They've got plenty of lions, tigers, and bears at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. But a certain Cougar isn't welcome.

The zoo is hosting nearly 600 Washington State University Global Campus online students and family members this Saturday for a special event. And the school has been told WSU mascot Butch T. Cougar isn't allowed.

Zoo spokesperson Gigi Allianic insists it has nothing to do with the fact she's a hard core Husky fan. It's simply because the real animals might get a little too fired up by Butch.

"It's always been a standard practice for Woodland Park Zoo to not permit mascots on grounds. We don't want to spook our animals," Allianic says. "Our animals are either predators or they're prey. So if they see this walking bear or tiger or cougar, you know it's fight or flight that could kick in."

If it's any consolation to Cougar fans, the Husky mascot isn't welcome at the zoo either. So the WSU faithful will have to settle for the real thing.

"We've got our baby giraffe who's out on exhibit now. And we also have Asian small-clawed otter pups that are just being introduced to their exhibit, so we'd like our visitors to enjoy the real animals," says Allianic.


Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
Top Stories

  • New Look
    The Seattle Police Department unveils new uniforms, logo

  • 'It Was My Turn'
    K.J. Wright has signed a $27 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks

  • Holiday Map
    Find holiday events, Santa photo opportunities, and light displays
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.