Friday, July 06, 2007

Here's one you won't find in Central Park but check it out anyhow


In early June, during a televised soccer match between Finland and Belgium,, a huge Eagle Owl flew onto the field and landed on one of the goal posts. The game was stopped for seven minutes because the owl was sitting on the field and eventually on both goal posts. It also gently cruised around the field, as you can see on the posted video-clip. Apparently, the owl had a nest somewhere in the stadium. The video is in Finnish, and the audience is heard shouting, "Huuhkaja! Huuhkaja,"meaning "Eagle Owl, Eagle Owl," as the owl is sitting on the crossbars goal. Check it out:

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