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The noble bald eagle, a symbol of freedom and liberty in the United States. But this particular eagle's nobility and grace was called into question when it smacked beak-first into a window in full view of a rapturous patriotic audience.

The eagle's fall from grace occurred at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in the US state of Oklahoma, in front of a group of students enjoying a display from a professional bird of prey handler, according to Gawker.

"It was a bit shocking to see, but we're thankful the eagle is OK," a spokeswoman for the university told local paper Tulsa World.

“When the time came, we’re not sure what happened. It flew around the room and then hit a window.”

The normally graceful bird had apparently become disorientated by the patriotic chants of the crowd, who started chanting 'USA! USA!' at the sight of the national animal in flight.

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