Must-see: Bald eagle lands on Notre Dame fans before Cotton Bowl

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Although their team lost to Clemson in Saturday's Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, two Notre Dame fans got a consolation prize before the game even started: a surprise visit from a rogue bald eagle.

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According to ESPN, the stately bird, which was brought to AT&T Stadium for the national anthem, took a couple of detours while flying over the crowd, landing on a shocked spectator before resting on another Notre Dame fan's arm.

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The second fan, Tuyen Nguyen of South Bend, Indiana, told ESPN that stretching his arm out to the eagle was an "instant reaction."

"He looked pretty tired," Nguyen told ESPN. "I just put my hand out to see if he was going to land on me, and he did."

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Handlers eventually retrieved the eagle, whose name is Clark, ESPN reported.

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Clemson defeated Notre Dame 30-3 to advance to the college football national title game, where the No. 2 Tigers will face No. 1 Alabama on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

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