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Official: Auburn eagle, Spirit, doing fine after crash into stadium luxury box

09/14/2011 07:43 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:18 EST
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's Spirit must be one spirited bald eagle.

After crashing into a stadium luxury box during a pre-game flight, the school's beloved mascot is doing fine, says the director of an Alabama raptor centre.

Jamie Bellah, director of AU's Southeastern Raptor Center, tells The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/qkOtNy) he's not sure why the bald eagle careened into the luxury box window before Saturday's game against Mississippi State.

He says the routine for the pre-game ritual at home contests was very normal.

The 14-year-old eagle circled above Jordan-Hare Stadium before colliding with the window, continuing its flight and descending to a handler on the field.

Bellah says an examination and blood work revealed no problems.

Spirit came to the raptor centre in 1998 after sustaining both wing and beak injuries in Florida.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/

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