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Lady Bisons welcome colorful visitor

Monday, August 16, 2010

It was a bird. It was a plane. Well, actually it was a bird.

A parrot, to be exact.

Monday afternoon the Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer practice was sent into disarray when a large bird flew over the field on Franklin Road. The bird landed in the bushes on the edge of the practice field.

“It’s several different colors,” Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland said. “It’s a beautiful bird.”

The players, who may qualify as extras on an Animal Planet Network show, captured a parrot standing approximately 1 ½-foot tall. It is in a large cage and resting quietly and comfortably in the Lady Bisons dressing room.

The parrot flew so low that it just missed by inches being hit by kicked soccer balls on two occasions. It was finally attracted to water that the players offered. Goalkeeper Erin Zerio grabbed the parrot and placed it in the cage that was brought to the field by Lipscomb high school soccer coach Nathan Proffitt.

“We couldn’t leave it out there,” Ireland said. “It would have died.

“It looks like it has been outside for awhile. We are already attached to it.”

Lady Bisons 10th in preseason poll

The parrot did provide a distraction for the Lady Bisons after the release of the Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll.

The Lady Bisons received news that they are ranked 10th by the coaches. USC Upstate was selected 11th.

“It’s not a surprise,” Ireland said. “It is based on how we have done in the past.

“We will definitely talk about it. We have not shown we should be ranked higher.”

By Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.