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Furry weasel cousin disrupts Swiss soccer match, bites player, becomes team mascot (video)

Mar 11, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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To our list of mammals that have run onto the field in pro sports, please ad marten.

What is a marten, you ask? They are omnivorous animals related to wolverines and weasels, and apparently enjoy soccer. That’s because one darted onto the field during a Swiss Super League match between Thun and Zurich recently, not once but three times, escaping a net and Zurich’s Loris Benito, who was bitten on the finger for his trouble. The Marten was finally captured for good by the goalie, of course.

“In hindsight, it was obviously foolish of me [to try and catch it],” said Benito after the match. “Who knows what diseases the animal had. But I wanted to play the match and now I simply trust my immune system.”

But since Zurich beat Thun 4-0, Benito isn’t holding any hard feelings against the marten, suggesting that they make it their new mascot. “We have the lion. But the maten has brought us luck.”