For those of you outside the US or who don't follow American college football, Auburn releases a Bald Eagle named Spirit or a Golden Eagle named Nova to circle the stadium before every home game in front of nearly 90,000 fans. It's really an amazing spectacle, and one of them even flew at the opening ceremony of the 2002 olympic games
Last week when they hosted Mississippi State, Spirit had his first accident in history. He crashed into the plexi-glass of a luxury press box. The bald eagle was unharmed and continued his flight after the crash, landing on the 50 yard line like always.
Here's the video:
Spirit was found in the wild with a damaged beak and damaged wing. Auburn's Raptor center helped him recover, but the beak was damaged too much for him to be rereleased into the wild. Auburn uses these injured raptors to raise awareness on conservation of animals.
Well after over a decade of flights, PETA has now gotten involved and wants them to stop, saying it's cruel.
This is the same group of people that euthanizes hordes of animals every year without even attempting to find them a home...
I'm a long time Auburn fan and graduate. So this pissed me off.
I have just 3 words for PETA: Chicken, Fried, Steak.