Football fans at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday got a huge surprise when a
bald eagle landed on two fans in the stands!
Clark is an eagle who was brought in to circle AT&T Stadium and land on
the field to kick off the College Football Playoff semi-final game between
Clemson and Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas. However, things did not
quite go according to plan! When he was brought in, Clark stopped flying
around the stadium and instead landed on a male Notre Dame fan, much to
Clark then flew over to another Notre Dame fan and landed on him as well,
staying there until his trainer Daniel Cone came to pick him up. Fans were
left totally stunned by what the eagle did!
Clark was born and raised at the World Bird Sanctuary near St. Louis,
Missouri. He had a deformity in the scales of his talons that made it so that
he could not be released to the wild, so he was placed into the center’s
flight-training program. Now, Clark is one of their flight ambassadors and
gets to travel all over the place for them!
“While Clark’s flight at the Cotton Bowl did not go as planned today, he is
safe and sound,” posted the World Bird Sanctuary posted on social media.
“He tried his best in this very large, new, busy place, and is now relaxing
with us and has enjoyed his planned victory meal. He will always be a
champion to us!”
This was certainly a football game that nobody in attendance would ever