Very unlucky mascot
Apparently, it is a tradition for a fund-raising mascot race to take place at half-time in the Essex derby between Colchester and Southend. What’s not quite so traditional is for one of the mascots competing to run straight into the stanchion during the race.
The luckless lion was already out of contention to win the race when the high-speed collision happened.
Good job they had lots of padding!