Yes. Baylor has a real bear. They brought one to Ames in '88 (more like a cub that could fit in a large dog travel cage) when it was 90+ degrees. Coupled with the artificial turf, and they let the animal sit in as much shade as they could find.
In 2000, the bear got a little frisky and tripped a couple of BU band members who were entering the stadium. High comedy. Handler went one way, bear went the other, the tether got pulled tight, and two trombone players who weren't paying attention absolutely face planted.
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