Jan 27, 2010 6:46 PM by Associated Press

Rescued falcon joins Air Force Academy's mascots

A young American kestrel falcon has joined the Air Force Academy's collection of falcon mascots after it was rescued from a small cage and rehabilitated.

The new bird, named Buzz, is about a year old. He was rehabilitated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center after suffering some feather damage in the cage. It's not clear where Buzz was found.

The Academy says Buzz may someday be able to fly but probably only in small, enclosed areas.

He was named after one of the characters in the movie "Toy Story."

The Academy usually has between 10 and 15 falcons, cared for by cadets as an extracurricular activity. Some of the falcons perform at outdoor events, soaring and diving above spectators.

They also appear at falcon education events.


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