Air Force falcon mascot expected to fully recover after West Point prank

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Air Force's live mascot is improving after being injured in an apparent prank involving West Point cadets.

The 22-year-old white gyrfalcon named Aurora was abducted by the cadets ahead of Saturday's game between Air Force and Army. It was initially reported that Aurora may have to be euthanized as a result of an injured wing, but Air Force announced Sunday that she was able to fly around her pen and is expected to recover.

Army issued an apology for the incident Sunday:

The U.S. Military Academy sincerely apologizes for an incident involving USMA cadets and the Air Force Academy Falcons, which occurred Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

One of the birds was injured and the matter is currently under investigation.

We are taking this situation very seriously, and this occurrence does not reflect the Army or USMA core values of dignity and respect. An apology was given to the U.S. Air Force Academy for this unfortunate incident.

According to the most recent update by Air Force Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko, "Aurora returned home last night and as of this morning was able to fly around in her pen. She will see a specialist later today who will determine if x-rays are necessary, but this is an extremely good sign. We will continue to evaluate her and administer antibiotics to prevent an infection. We are grateful for the outpouring of support and (are) optimistic for Aurora's recovery.

Air Force falcon mascot expected to fully recover after West Point prank
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