File this one under: It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The Bakersfield Condors are an ice hockey team in California that play in the ECHL (think one level below the NHL).
What better way to get fans in the mood for a big match then by putting a real life condor on a perch at the middle of the ice just as the anthems are being played.
As condors are the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere, it is no surprise that they need a handler, but things went out of control pretty quickly and pretty hilariously for this poor bird man.
First he loses control of the condor and the vulture starts skidding away on the ice. He then regains control momentarily before slipping and falling on his bottom allowing the condor to again roam free.
After staking his claim on the ice, the bird decides to cause some chaos by flying into the dugout before casually strolling into the dressing room after deciding he had had enough fun.
The commentators certainly enjoyed the whole spectacle with one even saying: "This is the greatest thing I've ever seen."