- Trajectory of a speeding ball catches the hapless bird full on
- The stunned bird stumbles back to its feet soon after
As more than 30,000 spectators looked on at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during Wednesday night's T20 "Big Bash" league clash between the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers, visiting batsman Adam Voges thumped the ball towards the boundary for a certain four.
But the trajectory of the speeding ball caught the hapless bird full on as it strutted around the outfield, turning it into a mass of feathers.
Seemingly lifeless, the downed seagull was taken off the pitch by Melbourne fielder Rob Quiney.
Miraculously, the stunned bird stumbled back to its feet soon after, prompting a huge roar of approval from the crowd.
"The bird was taken outside into Yarra Park at the change of innings and released into the park when it was clear that the bird's health was okay," MCG Media and Publicity Adviser Sarah Gordon told bigbash.com.au
"A remarkable recovery!"
The seagull's unintentional intervention saved the home side two runs, a small contribution towards the Stars' three-wicket victory.