TOKYO – The Tokyo Olympics will not have spectators in the stands, but please be indulgent with us.
Fukushima police said a security guard spotted a brown bear on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday morning at Fukushima Azuma baseball stadium, hours before the first pitch between Japan and Australia, according to the Japan Times.
“A guard found a bear inside Azuma Sports Park early in the morning yesterday. We also received similar information this morning, ”a spokesman for the Fukushima police told the newspaper.
The ursine creature, about three feet tall according to local media, has yet to be found despite authorities searching for it overnight.
“We were unable to find or capture the bear, and although there are no spectators in the stadium, we are on alert and looking for the bear around the site,” the spokesperson said. at the Times.
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Bears are common in Japan, according to the Times, and bear searches are typically conducted when animals intersect with human life.
Japan beat Australia 8-1 in the opener. The United States shut out Italy 2-0 later in the day.