Auburn eagle Nova grounded for 2017 football season

Nova, War Eagle VII
Nova, War Eagle VII

Auburn University announced Monday that Nova, War Eagle VII will not be able to fly before football games this season.

According to a news release, doctors at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine have diagnosed Nova, an 18-year-old golden eagle, with cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart.

He will be replaced this season by a bald eagle, Spirit.

Nova’s problem was discovered during a routine checkup.

Nova was hatched in 1999 at the Montgomery Zoo and came to Auburn in 2000. His first pre-game flight was at the Kentucky game in 2004.

Larry Gierer: 706-571-8581, @lagierer