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A Condor Escaped At A Minor League Hockey Game

One brave bird's slippery quest for freedom.

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The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL decided to honor the largest North American land bird by bringing an actual, live condor onto the ice. A natural scavenger, the condor escaped its handler and hunted for Don Cherry or other carrion. This is what ensued.

The condor, sensing prey and irritated by a sub-par national anthem, escaped the grasp of its handler.

Surprisingly, a condor's talons aren't well-equipped to walk on ice.

The handler caught the condor, but took a nasty spill while trying to get back to the carpet.

He scurried over to the bench and terrified the players.

This guy wasn't about to mess with a condor.

Joe Krathwohl, the "Birdman of Las Vegas" who handled the condor, tried to explain what happened.

Here's the whole escape.

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H/T Sean Newell at Deadspin

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