Rally Cat became the latest animal obsession for sports fans Wednesday night, debuting in the Busch Stadium outfield and promptly going viral. Much to the delight of the home crowd, the vivacious feline inspired the Cardinals to claw back into the game and has subsequently gained a devoted fanbase of its own.
Here's a rundown of some of the best animal moments in sports.
Squirrels love Progressive Field
Pine marten wreaks havoc in Swiss League match
Dangerous pigeon in the Bronx
Husky on the loose at a college baseball game
Dog vs. Gloves
Dugout antics with a praying mantis
St. Louis Rally Squirrel
Any relation to Rally Cat is unclear at the moment.
Bees: A sports tradition like none other
Alligators: A golf tradition like none other
Tiger Woods (feat. Sammy the Squirrel)
Soccer dog just wants some pals
Cespedes and his matching neon parakeet
The infamous black cat of 1969
A real birdie
The Red Wings and their octopus obsession
Fowl at Wimbledon
Attack of the bat
Give the birds an assist on this one
Kitten at the Kingdome
Polish cow just wants to play
A wandering baseball bear
Kangaroos at the Australian Open, of course...
...and on the racetrack
Don't worry, the wannabe racer emerged unscathed.