This wasn't part of the act.
Hockey enthusiasts in Canada were outraged after a minor league mascot was body-slammed to the ice by a fan Saturday.
The fan then dragged the mascot by the foot briefly before officials realized the attack was real and escorted the man off the ice, Chek News reported in the video above.
Marty the Marmot, the furry cheerleader for British Columbia's Victoria Royals, can be seen in the clip conducting musical chairs with four contestants during the intermission of a home game against the Red Deer Rebels. A man in green gets eliminated and apparently becomes angry. He picks up Marty and hurls him backward onto the ground with violent force.
Supporters on Marty's Facebook page wished the mascot well and demanded that the fan be held criminally responsible.
Victoria police are "likely to recommend charges," a police spokesman told The Province. (Neither the actor who plays Marty nor the alleged assailant, whom police have identified, were named.)
Marty tweeted his thanks to supporters on Sunday, saying he was "feeling good."
Thanks for the love this morning! Feeling good, enjoying a quiet day in the burrow. Getting ready to rock vs. EDM on WED!!! SEE YOU THERE!!!
— Marty TheMarmot (@Marty_Marmot) November 3, 2013
(Hat tip, Deadspin)