During spectacles of sports matches among elite athletes, daring animals often invade the field and steal the show.They impede the progress of the game and take the spotlight.

Despite the disruptive nature of their escapades, they're usually welcomed by fans and athletes alike.

They provide brief and lighthearted diversions to heated contests.  They remind players and fans that they should sometimes step back, have a chuckle, and smell the roses (or in this case watch the animals).

Below are photos of animals invading rugby matches, golf courses, tennis matches, and other sports venues.