Live tiger planned at Ohio football game absent after all


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 will have to wait to repeat the tradition.

Boosters for Massillon’s Washington High School had said a live tiger would be brought in from Syracuse, New York, for last Saturday’s rivalry game against Canton McKinley. Booster club president Matt Keller tells The Independent in Massillon that didn’t happen because there were logistical and staffing problems.

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

The booster club had said the estimated $2,000 cost for bringing a tiger from Syracuse would be paid through donations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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