Auburn Eagle Doing Well After Freak Accident

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The director of an Alabama raptor center says Auburn University's beloved eagle mascot, Spirit, is doing fine after crashing into a stadium luxury box in front of thousands of fans.

Jamie Bellah, director of AU's Southeastern Raptor Center, tells
The Opelika-Auburn News ( he's not sure why
the bald eagle careened into the luxury box window. He said the routine for the pre-game flight, a ritual at home games, was very normal for Saturday's game against Mississippi State.

The 14-year-old eagle circled high above Jordan-Hare Stadium
before colliding with the window, continuing its flight and
descending to a handler on the field. Bellah says an examination and blood work revealed no problems.

Spirit came to the raptor center in 1998 after sustaining both
wing and beak injuries in Florida.

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