Birdies back European team at Ryder
Published 29/09/2010 | 10:39
Two kinds of "birdie" will feature at the Ryder Cup as birds of prey fly over the golf course with messages of support.
A flock of eagles and hawks has been trained to swoop past carrying mini banners backing the European team, according to Betfair.
The online betting company said the five birds will also display the latest odds during the three-day competition at Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, this weekend.
Bird handler Trevor Smith, from Animals Work, said the air support team - which will fly from a field around the perimeter of the course - have been training for two weeks.
"The birds have been hand-reared and normally perform at shows or in films, but this is certainly one of their most unique jobs," he said.