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Bird Upstages Supermodel Fabio

March 30, 1999

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Busch Gardens touted Fabio’s ride on a new roller coaster called Apollo’s Chariot as ``Modern-Day Adonis vs. Ancient-Day Sun God.″

But a bird upstaged the supermodel and the ride.

The animal hit Fabio on the nose and cut him, sending blood streaking down his chin and cheeks. Several women sitting near him in white tunics, portraying goddesses, were splattered with blood.

Fabio was treated for a one-inch cut on the bridge of his nose and released from a hospital.

``He’s fine, no serious injuries,″ park spokeswoman Deborah L. DeMarco said. ``I don’t know about the bird’s plight.″

She added: ``We’re very sorry that it happened. It was an act of nature.″

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