The Bakersfield Condors defeated the San Francisco Bulls, 4-2, in an East Coast Hockey League game over the weekend. But it was a real condor that stole the spotlight before game even began, by misbehaving during the singing of the national anthem and ending up, fittingly, in the penalty box.
The California Condor, named Queen Victoria, became fidgety and escaped from its handler. A brief game of cat-and-mouse ensued, and the giant vulture showed the fans and players some nice moves of its own, before placing itself in the home team’s penalty box.
The same cannot be said of the bird’s handler, who while trying to catch and control Queen Victoria at center ice, lost his footing and fell with a thud. The bird was said to have been uninjured during what, for many, must have been a very amusing escapade.
California condors, which are endangered, are the largest flying birds in North America. Their wingspans can measure nearly 10 feet and they can soar as high as 15,000 feet.
If Queen Victoria is representative of the species, they are not overly fond of being confined in noisy, frigid hockey rinks.