AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — An Air Force Academy falcon mascot that was injured during a prank before the annual rivalry football game against Army is recovering back in Colorado, but her long-term prognosis is unclear.

That's according to Troy Garnhart, an athletics spokesman at the school. He said Sunday the 22-year-old falcon named Aurora was taken home on the team's charter flight Saturday night and was seen by a specialist.

Garnhart could not detail the falcon's injuries but described them 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.

Officials at West Point didn’t return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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