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.