Injured Air Force falcon expected to make full recovery

November 10, 2018
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In this photo taken in 2004, Aurora, a rare white gyrfalcon and Air Force Academy mascot, visits Pinon Valley Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colo., on the arm of an academy cadet in the falconry program. Aurora, injured at West Point during an apparent prank before the annual rivalry game between the two service academies Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, is back home and showing signs of improvement. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force falcon named Aurora is expected to make a full recovery from injuries she suffered at West Point during a prank before the annual football game between the service academies.

The 22-year-old bird remains on antibiotics and won’t attend Air Force’s home game against New Mexico on Saturday, according to the school. The anticipation is she will be in attendance on Nov. 22 when the Falcons host Colorado State.

Army officials at West Point apologized for the injuries the falcon suffered last weekend and promised a full investigation.

Aurora is the Academy’s official and oldest mascot. She doesn’t fly at football games, but attends most away games to greet fans. The school uses several different falcons during home games.


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