Seattle’s live seahawk mascot goes off course before game, lands on fan’s head

SEATTLE — It was not the kind of aerial attack this Seattle fan was looking for.

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The Seattle Seahawks live mascot went off-course before Thursday night’s game at Lumen Field, flying through the tunnel and soaring through the air before landing on a fan’s head, USA Today reported.

The live Augur hawk, named Taima, typically flies out of Seattle’s home tunnel and then back to trainer David Knutson, the newspaper reported.

Thursday was an exception. As the Seahawks fans settled in to watch their team face the Los Angeles Rams, Taima took a detour during player introductions and landed in the middle of the crowd, alighting on one fan’s shoulders before balancing itself and perching on the fan’s head.

“Get that guy season tickets,” Fox broadcaster Joe Buck said as the clip was shown at the end of the first quarter.

“Give him a helmet,” color analyst Troy Aikman added.

Fortunately, the fan -- and the bird -- were not injured.

But the night did not end well for Seahawks fans. First, quarterback Russell Wilson injured a finger on his throwing hand. Then the Rams (4-1) pulled out a 26-17 victory against Seattle (2-3).



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