The words of England's famous footballing anthem are being changed from 'three lions' to 'sea lions on their shirt' at Knowsley Safari Park where the attraction's fishy fab four are backing the country's revitalised World Cup campaign.
Online PR News – 26-June-2010 – – The words of England's famous footballing anthem are being changed from 'three lions' to 'sea lions on their shirt' at Knowsley Safari Park where the attraction's fishy fab four are backing the country's revitalised World Cup campaign.
For the duration of the tournament in South Africa, park bosses have introduced a special football-themed sea lion show featuring star strikers Biffo, Max and Arthur and recent recruit from the youth team, one-year-old Reggie.
The sea lions have been taught a variety of new soccer skills and tricks including 'kicking' a football with their flippers and also heading it to their trainer.
The climax of the act is a penalty shootout, with one sea lion representing Fabio Capello's men attempting to hit the ball into the net past another representing England's latest opponents.
Safari Park General Manager, David Ross, said: "Surveys consistently show that - along with the baboons and the meerkats - the sea lions are at the top of the popularity premier league with our visitors.
"That¹s why we decided to get them involved in this special World Cup production.
"After being put through their paces for several months by trainer Ellie Shurlock, their ball skills are now excellent and the show has been going down a storm with visitors and generating a huge amount of audience participation.
"We expect it to get even more exciting in the run-up to the vital game with Germany at the weekend.
"Of course, bearing in mind England's recent performances in major competitions, we thought it only right that the show should end with a penalty shootout," added Mr Ross.
The sea lion extravaganza hasn't been Knowsley Safari Park's only attempt to spur England on to success in South Africa.
The attraction launched an advertising campaign all over the North West featuring taxis emblazoned with eye-catching photographs of its infamous baboons waving St George's Cross flags.
The origins of the campaign can be traced back to the 2006 World Cup in Germany when the mischievous inhabitants of the Knowsley monkey jungle amassed a huge collection of England flags stolen from visitors' cars.