WEST POINT, N.Y. (WFLA/CNN) – A falcon that has served as the Air Force mascot for more than two decades may have to be euthanized after suffering serious injuries during a prank gone wrong.
The mascot, a 22-year-old gyrfalcon named Aurora, was injured during the football team’s trip to New York this weekend to face Army.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, a group of West Point cadets took the bird from an Army colonel’s house as part of a pre-game prank.
Both of Aurora’s wings were injured while it was in the care of the army cadets.
Due to the bird’s old age, it may have to be euthanized.
An official with the Air Force Academy told the Associated Press Aurora was brought back to Colorado after the incident to see a specialist.