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What a Hoot: Owl Interrupts Finland-Belgium Football Match


Yesterday, the Group A Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match between Finland and Belgium at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki was interrupted for more than six minutes by an owl that had flown into the stadium.

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The Eurasian Eagle Owl (the largest owl species in the world) swooped around the stadium, alighting on several goal posts, to the delight of the assembled crowd. Finland won the match 2-0.


See video below. I don't know. Seems really Harry Potter to me.

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  1. That's quite an impressive wingspan that owl's got.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 7, 2007 10:10:54 AM

  2. It's a good thing that bird didn't visit an American football game--some redneck would have shot him.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jun 7, 2007 10:22:32 AM

  3. How true Michael W., they'd shoot a swan.

    But I'm impressed how the regal owl didn't shit on anyone...real classy, that owl...musta' been a female or a "queen".

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 7, 2007 11:55:46 AM

  4. My first thought was that this was Harry Potter related, particularly with the new book coming out. Hmmmm....

    Posted by: anon ( | Jun 7, 2007 12:38:16 PM

  5. I hope somebody thought to check the owl for a message.

    Posted by: KJ | Jun 7, 2007 12:44:51 PM

  6. This owl is actually rather famous here in Helsinki because it has been living in the stadium for several months now. It must have been rather annoyed to have so many uninvited visitors all at once

    Posted by: pete | Jun 7, 2007 3:17:07 PM

  7. The Eurasian Eagle owl is protected by the Finnish goverment isn't it Pete?

    LOL....guess he wanted all **those damn kids, off his lawn**

    Posted by: Joshua | Jun 7, 2007 4:49:50 PM

  8. Big deal - another disruptive soccer hoooooooooligan! At least he was dressed. : )

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jun 7, 2007 4:53:12 PM

  9. I was waiting for a Quittich team to swoop in, lol. Seriously, that was magical wasn't it? Nice to see nature in an often too technical world.

    Posted by: MIKE | Jun 7, 2007 5:34:31 PM

  10. I swear I heard the owl say: "Chelsea WHO???" :-)

    Posted by: Becks07 | Jun 7, 2007 7:24:16 PM

  11. It's beautiful.

    Posted by: Jez | Jun 8, 2007 3:54:56 AM

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