October 28, 2016

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) A football team that had a live tiger cub mascot on the sidelines for decades before Ohio cracked down on exotic animal ownership is slated to again have one on hand for a rivalry game Saturday.

Ohio's rules enacted several years ago included an exemption for the ''Obie'' mascot at Massillon's Washington High School under certain stipulations. Boosters had trouble meeting those requirements, so the live mascot has become a rarity.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/2eSl2Of ) reports a tiger from Syracuse, New York, is being brought in for Saturday's game against Canton McKinley. Massillon booster club officials say the tiger's appearance costs about $2,000, and they'll be asking fans for donations to cover that.

The club's president says they hope to collect enough for at least one tiger visit next season, too.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.indeonline.com

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