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SEE IT: Bald eagle lands on Mariners pitcher James Paxton

America’s bird meets America’s past time.

A Bald eagle landed on the shoulders of Mariners pitcher James Paxton following the national anthem at the Twins home opener at Target Field Thursday.

Paxton was standing in the outfield when the bird went rogue and chose to perch on the pitcher’s shoulders.

The 29-year-old kept his cool and remained relaxed when the eagle flew at him.

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Fortunately for Paxton the eagle didn’t attack him and remained on his arm for only a moment before returning to the outfield grass.

Eventually the bird’s handler was able to bring the eagle back into custody.

Paxton told MLB.com after the game that he was trying his best to keep his cool.

James Paxton had an unexpected visitor fly onto his shoulder Thursday before  the Twins-Mariners game.

James Paxton had an unexpected visitor fly onto his shoulder Thursday before the Twins-Mariners game.

(Fox Sports North via Twitter)

“It was coming right for me and I was like, ‘Alright, the guy is over there. And I’m not the eagle guy,'” Paxton said. “But I guess this eagle was just confused — apparently the first time ever. I was just standing there trying not to panic.”

The pitcher said he wasn’t going to run away from the bird because he knew he wouldn’t be able to out run an eagle.

“I was just kind of like, alright, we’ll see what happens. When it first started flying toward my face, I ducked it. But it was just trying to stand on my shoulder. I think it was just confused, thinking I was the [trainer.] It actually fell off my shoulder because I didn’t have the perch thing on my shoulder to grab onto,” Paxton added.

While at first glance it appears to be a patriotic moment, Paxton, ironically, is Canadian.

Paxton made his second start of the season Thursday after surrendering six earned runs to the Indians on Saturday. The pitcher picked up a no decision Thursday after he gave up two earned runs, four hits and seven strikeouts.

The Twins ended up winning the game 4-2.

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