VIDEO: Condor flies away from handler at hockey game

Posted on: 4:02 pm, February 10, 2013, by , updated on: 10:33am, February 10, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (WTVR) — A California hockey team’s special guest stole the show during the national anthem on Friday night.

A condor named Queen Victoria was center ice at the Bakersfield Condors game with her wrangler when she bolted.

Her wrangler, Joe the Birdman, tried to get her, but it was a bit of a slippery situation between the big bird and the rink. Joe even took a tumble on the ice.

Queen Victoria bounced around the rink and eventually got into the Condors’ penalty box and made her way down the players’ tunnel.

This was the first — and probably last — condor to visit the team.

The Andean condor is among the largest birds in the world that are able to fly and can weigh up to 33 pounds.