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Condor gets loose at Bakersfield hockey game [Video]

February 11, 2013 |  7:47 am

As far as hockey goes, Friday's game in Bakersfield was for the birds.

That's when an Andean condor escaped its handler during the national anthem at the Bakersfield Condors' Rabobank Arena, pregame antics caught on a video that has since gone viral.

In a slo-mo escape, the bird slips across the ice as her handler tries to pick her up. He's eventually successful, but the bird breaks free again after he falls.

A Condors player tries to shoo her toward her handler, but the bird darts — well, skids — toward the Bakersfield bench, flaps onto the railing and startles several players before making her way to the locker rooms.

More than 280,000 people have watched the video of the attempted escape, which has been covered on outlets that include ESPN.

As for the condor?

"It was great! She's ok!" the team later tweeted.

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-- Kate Mather 
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