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VIDEO: Eagle lands on Mariners pitcher during anthem

Maybe the eagle thought James Paxton was a tree. The Canadian's nickname is the Big Maple.
Bald eagle lands on M's pitcher James Paxton.

A bald eagle flew onto the field and landed on Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton during the national anthem Thursday.

Paxton was in the outfield with his cap over his heart when the eagle, which was part of the pregame ceremony, flew around Paxton a couple of times then landed on his upper back.

Credit: King, Jennifer
A eagle landed on Mariners pitcher James Paxton during the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners game in Minnesota. 

Watch the eagle land on Paxton

Paxton seemed to stay calm, and the eagle eventually landed on the ground and was picked up by its handler. But the eagle's talons appeared to tear a chunk out of Paxton's jersey.

The eagle has landed...on @James_Paxton. @kare11 #mntwins #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/ZWAtl2iLvr

— Brandon McCauley (@bpmccauley) April 5, 2018

Maybe the eagle thought Paxton was a tree. The Canadian's nickname is the Big Maple.

Paxton started the game for Seattle.