Air Force falcon mascot suffers 'life-threatening' injury in Army prank

Report: Air Force falcon mascot injured in West Point prank

Ronald Cleveland #3 of the Air Force Falcons celebrates after scoring in the 1st half against the San Diego State Aztecs at SDCCU Stadium on October 12, 2018 in San Diego, California.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported that the falcon was taken from an Army colonel's home in a prank by West Point cadets, according to an Air Force representative who spoke to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

Garnhart could not detail the falcon's injuries but described them as potentially life-threatening.

One of Air Force's falcon mascots was injured during a prank prior to the annual rivalry football game against Army, according to an official at the Air Force Academy. While the animal was being kept in the cadets' care, it reportedly suffered an injury to a wing.

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The academy said Sunday in a statement that an apology was given to the Air Force Academy and that an investigation is underway.

The 22-year-old bird named Aurora "was able to fly around in her pen" on Sunday, said Air Force Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko.

An Air Force official told the Colorado Springs Gazette that Aurora may need to be euthanized due to the injury. Hopefully it's not as bad as it seems.

According to the Teton Raptor Center, gyrfalcons can live up to 25 years in captivity.

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