A Seattle Seahawks fan had an unexpected visitor land on his head during “Thursday Night Football.”
Taima, the team’s live mascot, flew into the crowd and landed on a fan’s head while flapping its 4-foot wings. The shocking moment was caught by Fox cameras at the end of a scoreless first quarter. The broadcast cut to commercial break as they caught the hawk making its intense landing. The fan remained calm even with the hawks’ talons digging at his head.
Around him, fan reactions ranged from funny to terrified.
This is not the first time the hawk has flown the coop in Seattle. In April 2018, a bald eagle apparently thought Mariners pitcher James Paxton was a tree and landed on his shoulder during the national anthem.
Falconer David Knutson has trained Taima in stressful situations so the bird can easily fly through the NFL stadium safely. The hawk usually takes flight out of Seattle’s home tunnel and back right back to Knutson. Obviously, the hawk had plans for a detour.
Taima has his own social media presence on Twitter with over 3,000 followers. He has yet to tweet about his Thursday night adventure.
While the fan and Taima were unharmed, the Seahawks…not so much. Quarterback Russell Wilson injured a finger on his throwing hand, leaving his status going forward up in the air. The Seahawks fell to the Rams, 26-17.