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Old 11-05-2018, 07:00 AM
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Unhappy Air Force mascot, a falcon, is injured by West Point cadets during prank

Air Force mascot, a falcon, is injured by West Point cadets during prank
By Mihir Zaveri NEW YORK TIMES NOVEMBER 05, 2018

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An Air Force Academy cadet accompanied the falcon Aurora, an academy mascot, aboard an airplane in 2004. The falcon was injured recently in a prank gone wrong.

As Saturday approached, the US Military Academy revved up for a football game against the visiting Air Force Academy in West Point, N.Y., in a highly charged clash of rivals.

And with the rivalry came an idea of mischief.

But a scheme by West Point cadets to swipe two falcons belonging to the Air Force Academy ended with one of the birds bloodied, the start of an investigation, and a public apology from West Point.

The episode began sometime Friday night, said Sam Dollar, the Air Force Academy’s falconry team adviser, on Sunday.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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