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Jeffrey D. Allred
A bat flies around the floor during warm ups for the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves game in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — The pregame warmups of Utah Jazz guards Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio were interrupted by an unlikely object on Friday night.

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A flying bat soared near the court roughly an hour before the Jazz’s tipoff against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Vivint Arena, slipping past numerous security guards before finally being caught in a net by the Jazz Bear mascot.

Jeffrey D. Allred
Jazz Bear catches a bat as it flew around the floor during warm ups for the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves game in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Fans cheered as Jazz Bear strolled off the court with the flying mammal in the net as neither Mitchell nor Rubio could fully focus.

The flying bat video made its rounds across social media, even catching the attention of Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma.

“Where is Manu when you need him,” Kuzma tweeted in reference to former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who famously caught a bat during a live game in 2009.

Jeffrey D. Allred
Military members watch a bat as it flies around the floor during warm ups for the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves game in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.