Did You Know – the Seahawks Mascot Lives East of the Cascades?
Did You Know - the Seahawks Mascot Lives East of the Cascades?
If you’re a Seahawks fan and live East of the Cascade Mountains - Your commute to Lumen Field is very similar to the Seahawks mascot. Taima the Augur Hawk is cared for by David Knutson of Spokane.
Both David and Taima make the 4-hour drive on I-90 to downtown Seattle for every Seahawks home game.
Taima was born, 18 years ago, at a bird sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been the official team mascot since its youth - in 2005. David Knutson told KHQ News that he hopes Taima can continue its role - as Seahawks mascot - for the next couple of decades.
When the Seahawks brought home the Super Bowl trophy to the 12s in 2014, all the players, coaches, and supporting personnel - including Taima received a big beautiful Super Bowl ring.
“That was a big surprise. It was a gift. It’s got his name, it’s got everything on it,” -David Knutson (via KHQ Spokane)
The Seahawks mascot once landed on a fan's head
On November 9th, 2014 - right before the Seattle Seahawks faced the New York Giants - Taima veered off course and landed on a fan's head before kickoff. - The fan's reaction was thankfully calm and gentle.
“If we’re still having fun, we’ll do it…Right now, I think we’re in the first year of a new three-year contract and we’ll see how it goes,” -David Knutson (via KHQ Spokane)
Taima, an Augur Hawk, is also known as an African red-tailed hawk.
Augurs are among the highest-flying birds, preferring high-altitude habitats, and are frequently sighted soaring between 6,000 and 10,000 feet.
Lifespan in Captivity: 30-plus-years
Lifespan in the Wild: 10 to 20 years
Wingspan: 4-5 feet
Weight: 2-3 lbs
Range: Eastern Africa
Habitat: Open Savannah, highlands, cultivated land with adjacent mountains
Diet in the Wild: Reptiles, small mammals, ground-dwelling birds, carrion, insects
INFO: KHQ Spokane, Zoological Association of America
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