This video will make you assume: solely in Louisiana. It exhibits a fan within the rafters of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, holding a reside coot by the neck with one hand and a beer within the different. Followers will be heard cheering and whooping earlier than the person nonchalantly tosses the black hen into the air and it flies towards the sector.
“So, in Demise Valley final evening, a duck determined to fly within the stadium and was having bother discovering a means out,” wrote Jp Stephens on Instagram. “In desperation, it ended up flying into my part, and this legend determined to carry it for a second after which let it go.”
Stephens—like different LSU followers and even some media stories—misidentified the hen as a duck, when any half-serious duck hunter might inform you it may very well be nothing aside from a coot, which is probably the ugliest and most ungainly of water birds (therefore, the outdated saying, “you outdated coot”). A puddle duck would don’t have any bother flying out of a stadium, however the identical couldn’t be stated for a coot, which, in response to Britannica, is a water-dwelling hen within the rail household.
Many waterfowlers select to not shoot coots—they’re thought of poor quarry each when it comes to desk truthful and sport—although I’ve heard some of us within the South wish to throw them into gumbo. Louisiana, being maybe the gumbo capital of the world, is a hot-spot for waterfowl searching. I wouldn’t say it’s a coincidence that the incident occurred there.
The wild scene occurred on Saturday, November 11, throughout a recreation between LSU and Florida. One other fan posted footage of the hen circling the stadium, struggling to achieve sufficient altitude or wherewithal to get out of the stadium. However in response to stories, the coot did ultimately handle to fly away.
As for the sport, the Combating Tigers beat the Gators 52 to 35.