Zoo Animals + World Cup = Oh, Why Not?

Residents of the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House celebrate the World Cup.

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Keepers at the National Zoo have created a series of enrichment activities for inhabitants of the Small Mammals House.
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Keepers at the National Zoo have created a series of enrichment activities for inhabitants of the Small Mammals House.
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Animals -- including the Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine here -- are running around cones, climbing into cleats and playing with soccer balls covered in peanut butter.
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The Banded Mongoose gets to run around cones. It's just like he's on a soccer field. Well, sort of.
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Does the Banded Mongoose look enriched yet?
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Careful! Don't put on that cleat! There's a Large Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrecin it!
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The Golden Lion Tamarin admires this lovely soccer ball.
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The Golden Lion Tamarin is probably wishing that ball was more reflective. It wants to inspect its golden tresses.
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The Naked Mole-Rat... well, jeez. Someone get a jersey on this creature, stat!
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Oh no, there are two of them now! Someone look up the public indecency laws.
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The Southern Three-Banded Armadillo blends in well with this net. He's right at home here, yeah?
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Is it just us, or does this Slender-Tailed Meerkat look like he's plotting evil instead of playing with a ball?
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A Slender-Tailed Meerkat gnaws carefully.
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