West Point apologizes for injuries to Air Force mascot bird

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Army officials at West Point are apologizing for injuries to a 22-year-old Air Force falcon that occurred during a prank before the annual rivalry football game between the two service academies.

The academy said Sunday in a statement that an apology was given to the Air Force Academy and that an investigation is underway. West Point says “we are taking this situation very seriously, and this occurrence does not reflect the Army or USMA core values of dignity and respect.”

Air Force Academy officials say the falcon named Aurora was taken home on the team’s charter flight Saturday night and seen by a specialist. They describe her injuries as potentially life-threatening.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports West Point cadets took Aurora from an Army colonel’s house as part of a prank during the week leading up to Saturday’s game at Michie Stadium.


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