As some of you may know, Auburn University’s official mascot is a Tiger named Aubie. Yet, they also have an Eagle that flies around the stadium before football games.
And this past Saturday that eagle almost died thanks to a collision with a plexiglass window on a luxury box. We’re happy to report that the eagle is doing just fine despite that frightening mishap.
This past Saturday, Spirit – one of Auburn’s three live eagle mascots – flew around Jordan Hare Stadium like usual before the Tigers’ home game against Mississippi State. All was was going as planned, until Spirit veered off course and collided with the window of a luxury box. Hard. Like, really hard.
Then Spirit sacked it up, recovered took flight again, drifted around, almost flew into some spectators, then completed his descent to the 50-yard line (video here).
Clearly Spirit has some cojones on him, as most eagles would have just hit the luxury box, then found a way to sneak in and cop some free food. But no, Spirit got back up, was clearly disoriented since he nearly flew right into some fans, and ended up completing his job.
A family in the luxury box Spirit tried to break into recounted the story of seeing a gigantic eagle almost die in front of them, and even included photos they took of the scene. There is, what they refer to as “eagle grease” clearly visible on the window.
Well, word has come down that Spirit is doing just fine a few days after the incident. The 14-year-old eagle was examined and given blood tests, and there were no problems revealed.
This is great news, since we never like to see animals get harmed.