The Air Force Academy mascot, a live falcon named Aurora, is recovering after a prank by West Point cadets.
The Army apologized after two birds were stolen by cadets before Saturday's rivalry football game. They were thrown into dog crates with sweaters over them. Aurora was likely thrashing, injuring her wings. The birds were returned after the cadets realized that their prank was going awry.
Aurora is now being treated and showing signs of improvement. She did fly in her pen and that’s taken as a good sign. Her handlers initially feared the bird might have to be euthanized. 22-year-ols Aurora is the Air Force’s oldest mascot.
The Army is promising a full investigation.