We have seen bugs cause trouble at baseball games. We have seen bees cause trouble at baseball games. We have seen cats cause trouble at baseball games. We have seen squirrels cause trouble at baseball games.

But never have we seen any sort of animal cause as much of a fuss at a baseball game as a horde of birds did at Wednesday’s game between the Rakuten Eagles and the Seibu Lions in Sendai, Japan.

With the game tied 8-8 in the eighth inning, the stadium was essentially overrun by birds, who kept circling in the outfield until the game had to be called. According to the Kyodo News, they stayed in the outfield until the lights were turned off in the stadium.

It’s probably for the best that they called the game after eight innings. If the teams had tried to play, it feels like one of two things would have happened: either an outfielder would have been attacked or, well, a bird would have.

Yeah… no one wanted that.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports, MLB.com, SI.com, the Hartford Courant, Baseball Prospectus, Land of 10 and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.