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Pine marten interrupts soccer game

March 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM   |   Comments

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) -- A pine marten, a member of the weasel family, twice interrupted a Swiss soccer game, leading players to chase and capture the small animal.

The pine marten darted onto the field during the Swiss Super League game between Thun and Zurich and initial attempts to catch it with training bibs failed, leading Zurich defender Loris Benito to grab the animal with his hands, Sky News reported Monday.

Benito was treated on the sidelines for a bite to his finger. The animal escaped once more during the game and was finally captured by Zurich goalie David Da and handed over to officials.

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