A bald eagle named Clark wanted to go on a little adventure. Perhaps he wanted a break from his handlers. Perhaps he wanted to enjoy a taste of social media fame.
Well, he got everything he wanted.
Ahead of the Cotton Bowl college football match between Notre Dame and Clemson, Clark decided to fly around the AT&T Stadium and land on random fans.
Soooo, a bald eagle named Clark flew inside the stadium during the anthem. He refused to return to his handlers at the appropriate time and instead landed on a @FightingIrish fan before taking off again and landing on another random fan's outstretched arm.
Clark's pick: #GoIrish
— Rob Kelly (@RobMKelly) December 29, 2018
Sound too good to be true?
I mean, look at this photo. LOOK AT IT.
— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) December 29, 2018
And this one! LOOK AT THIS ONE.
— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) December 29, 2018
That’s epic, right?
The crowd went wild.
The eagle landed all right. On a Notre Dame fan. pic.twitter.com/6koNTfitvm
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 29, 2018
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) December 29, 2018
Just look at how regal he is!
At least one person was rather…well, surprised by this glorious turn of events.
Holy … where ya goin' buddy!?!?!👀👀😳🦅🦅 https://t.co/ByH0QshVhQ
— Chip Mayle (@csm3d) December 29, 2018
Another appeared to take it in stride.
This person is very likely my spirit animal.
Instead of landing at midfield the bald eagle landed on a random Notre Dame fan before the game. Not gonna lie, zero chance I’d be this calm if a gigantic bird landed on me pregame. https://t.co/ROafgA7lq0
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 29, 2018
Oh, and this person, too, because THEY’RE BOTH SAYING PRECISELY WHAT I’M THINKING.
This would be legitimately terrifying https://t.co/djLO6jS6KH
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) December 29, 2018
The commentary surrounding the event was priceless, you have to admit.
More sporting events should feature wild animals loose on stadium concourses https://t.co/0jM44boZRY
— David Ubben (@davidubben) December 29, 2018
Before all you ND fans start going nuts about the bald eagle choosing the ND side of the stadium, reminder that its predominately a carrion feeder so it might be picking the dead meat
— Dave Bartoo (@CFBMatrix) December 29, 2018
"The bald eagle has successfully been retrieved by its handlers." I'm not sure how Clemson-Notre Dame will live up to this.
— Laken Litman (@LakenLitman) December 29, 2018
And all those suckers who paid for the field-level club seats thought they'd get the best selfies of the game… https://t.co/NEChQoaMrz
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) December 29, 2018
why is a bald eagle flying around AT&T Stadium? Because Merica dammit
— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) December 29, 2018
And this was probably the best takeaway from the event:
In lieu of a primary system, I think this is how presidential candidates should be chosen https://t.co/oY85mg0uwq
— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) December 29, 2018
Was this Clark’s way of wishing us a Happy New Year? We can only speculate, as his handlers would not allow him to speak to us before press time.