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Don't pass on the Zooper Bowl, be there at Applegate Park Zoo

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/03/2016

Come celebrate Zooper Bowl Saturday at Applegate

Who will win the Super Bowl ' the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos?

Come to the Zooper Bowl to find out. Forget what the Vegas odds makers are saying and dash down to the Applegate Zoo Saturday and find out the real scoop. You can watch and see who picks the Super Bowl winner -- Team Goats or Mac the Panther, aka Mountain Lion.

The Zooper Bowl kicks off at noon Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Applegate Park Zoo. The Zooper Bowl will consist of a variety of non-football ' and football ' related activities tied into the zoo's animals.

Few people realize that the reason the zoo's mountain lion, 'Mac,' is a Carolina Panther fan is because he is a panther. No, really, he is a panther. Mountain lions are also known as cougars, pumas or panthers depending on where they grew up, but they are the same cool cat.

Our fast feline will forecast the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl in a special contest Saturday at the Zoo. Not to be outdone, the goats at the opposite end of the field ' er, Zoo ' will be comparing their prognostication powers against Mac's and see if they can pick the winner.

There will be other special Zooper Bowl activities at the Zoo Saturday, including a bounce house, because nothing says Zooper Bowl like a bounce house. These will also be a football-themed scavenger hunt with prizes such as footballs with autographs of the Zoo's star athletes.

The Applegate Zoo is located at 1045 W 25th St, (R and 25th streets) in Merced, CA 95340.

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