The Australian Open was interrupted by a bird (again).

Bird flies from tennis tournament

Ten days after the cat incursion, an Australian Open tennis match between Viktor Troicki and Daniel Munoz de la Nava was put on hold by a heron. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

The Australian Open has been affected by birds of various sizes for years, notably in 2012 when two matches, one between Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt and another between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych, were interrupted by seagulls. In 2002 Michael Llodra hit, and killed, a bird during a doubles match. Wimbledon also has history of pigeon problems.

A parade of swans puts this golf tournament on hold.

Swan family at golf open

Swedish golfer Joel Sjoholm waited patiently for this family of swans to find the water trap during a 2012 tournament in Germany. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)

A puss among the boots in Malta.


A kitten holds up a Maltese soccer final between local teams Birkirkara and Valletta in 2010. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

This monkey's antics just aren't cricket.

Monkeying around during cricket match

A test match in Sri Lanka was briefly delayed by a monkey in 2015. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Why did the rabbit cross the track? A wrong turn in Albuquerque.

Rabbit runs the Italian Grand Prix

A rabbit shows a turn of speed during the Italian Grand Prix in Florence in May 2015. (Max Rossi/Reuters)

Removing these bees didn't take the sting out of Oldham's loss.

Bees nest removed

Experts were called in to deal with a swarm of bees before a match between Oldham Athletic and Blackburn Rovers in 2015. Blackburn won 2-0. (Ed Sykes/Action Images)

This black cat was bad luck for Toronto FC.

Black cat runs onto the pitch

Toronto FC goalkeeper Freddy Hall appears undaunted as a black cat passes in front of his penalty area during a match against Santos Laguna, in Toronto, in 2012. TFC lost 3-1. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)

Few can recall who won this Swiss Super League match, but many remember this marten.

Marten shown the way out

Swiss Club FC Thun's goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre points a pine marten toward the sidelines. A few moments later, the weasel-like animal bit Zurich defender Loris Benito. No red card was issued. (Pascal Lauener/Reuters)

This soccer match is for the birds.

Bird buzzes goalkeeper

Goalkeeper Cristian Vampestrini, playing for Argentina's Arsenal Sarandi, was harried by a bird during a 2013 match in Sao Paulo. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

English fans in London might have been especially confused by this NFL game.

Squirrel on the field

A squirrel joins the action during a game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London's Wembley Stadium in 2011. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)