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Live condors return to Bakersfield hockey game 5 years after viral video of escape

King Edward, a condor who will appear at a Bakersfield Condors hockey game, is seen at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Bakersfield Condors hockey team will once again feature live condors at their game Friday night against the Ontario Reign.

The condor, "Queen Victoria," returns to Rabobank Arena five years after she went "wild" before a game, leading to a viral video. She'll be joined by another condor, "King Edward."

This year, the bird's trainer, Joe Krathwohl, said he came early to get them used to the ice.

He said even though five years ago there was a big blooper, he is happy it brought awareness to condors and their conservation efforts.

"At least we got maybe millions of people who have never used the word condor to suddenly think about condors," he said. "And so maybe there was some, some good in that."

The Condors -- the human players, not the birds -- take on the Reign at 7 p.m. The first 2,000 fans, 10 and older, will receive a figurine of Queen Victoria.

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