Air Force Mascot Aurora Cleared for Flight After Injury in West Point Prank

 In this 2004 photo, Aurora, a rare white gyrfalcon and Air Force Academy mascot, visits an elementary school on the arm of an academy cadet in the falconry program. Aurora was injured at West Point during an apparent prank before the annual rivalry game between the two service academies on Nov. 3, 2018, but has recovered. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
In this 2004 photo, Aurora, a rare white gyrfalcon and Air Force Academy mascot, visits an elementary school on the arm of an academy cadet in the falconry program. Aurora was injured at West Point during an apparent prank before the annual rivalry game between the two service academies on Nov. 3, 2018, but has recovered. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

Aurora is back in action.

The white gyrfalcon mascot who was taken as part of a prank at West Point in early November and suffered a bloodied wing, was medically cleared and performed at Air Force's home football game against Colorado State on Thanksgiving.

West Point officials did not respond to The Gazette's request for updates in the investigation into Aurora's disappearance or to see if any warnings or policy changes were instituted to prevent similar pranks last week as Army earned its third consecutive win against Navy in football.

An Air Force spokesman had not heard of any punishments handed down from the incident.

Army issued an apology the day after Aurora was taken, saying the "matter is currently under investigation."

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