Auburn Raptor Center Offering Iron Bowl Souvenirs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center is offering some Iron Bowl history to raise money.

Reports say the center is conducting a live auction of the handcrafted lures and jesses that will be worn by the eagle Tiger VII during the pre-game flight at the Auburn and Alabama football game on Nov. 30.

The jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle's ankles. The lures are what the eagle searches for during a flight around Auburn's stadium.
Raptor Center assistant director Marianne Hudson says this type of equipment has been used to train eagles for more than 3,000 years. The live auction is being conducted at and is open until 11 a.m. Dec. 4.

Auburn senior Pia Kulakowski designed the equipment, and raptor specialist Andrew Hopkins stitched it.

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