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'Severed' Duke mascot head returned after being displayed at UNC

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Students at the University of North Carolina were in for a surprise Wednesday morning – the head of the Duke University mascot mounted on a spike in front the UNC Student Stores.

The image rocketed around Twitter Wednesday as the big game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels in Cameron Indoor Stadium approached. And while the long rivalry between the two has seen plenty of antics, Wednesday's prank was unprecedented.

Alayne Rusnak, the head of Duke's cheerleaders and mascots, confirmed the school was looking for the lost Devil head.

"I can't talk a lot about it," she said. "We are trying to report and recover that."

John Gorsuch, director of the UNC Student Stores, confirmed the mascot head was found when the bookstore opened at 7:30 a.m. He said it was immediately taken down and stored in a manager's office.

"We have it in a manager's office, locked up," he said.

By Wednesday evening, a little more than three hours before tip-off, the head was back at Duke.

The head was made to look like it had been severed when it appeared on the UNC campus, facing The Pit.

Asked if he thought it was the Devils' mascot, he said, "It looks really, really real. It has the screen over the eyes."

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