North Carolina Zoo, Denver Zoo make friendly Super Bowl bet

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A cougar at the North Carolina Zoo is pounding on a Denver Bronco paper Mache enrichment item. Photo courtesy: Valerie Abbott

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is making a friendly Super Bowl bet against the Denver Zoo.

If the Carolina Panthers win, Shannon Block, the CEO of the Denver Zoo, has agreed to wear a Panthers jersey at her zoo while greeting Zoo visitors.

Block will also have to eat biscuits and drink sweet tea, like a true southerner.

If the Denver Broncos win, Pat Simmons, the director of the N.C. Zoo, will wear a Broncos jersey while greeting guests at her zoo’s entrance.

Simmons will also have to try to eat a green chili breakfast.

“This friendly wager is allowing our Zoo, along with the Denver Zoo, to have fun with Super Bowl 50 by supporting our favorite NFL teams,” said Simmons in a prepared statement. “More importantly, it puts a national spotlight on our wonderful animal habitats, fun visitor activities and extensive conservation programs.”

The Panthers take on the Broncos for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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