I'm new to Kansas and I am curious about the Jayhawk mascot at KU. Why do the birds wear boots? Can the birds fly?
Henry Maloy, a cartoonist for the student newspaper, drew a memorable version of the Jayhawk in 1912. He gave it shoes. Why? To kick opponents, of course.
In the 1960s, a Jayhawk mascot appeared in costume. Jay's companion, "Baby Jay," was hatched at halftime of a 1971 football game.
Both have boots but neither can fly.
Baby Jay flew the coop once in 1978. Thugs kidnapped the poor bird's costume, which was returned in time for Homecoming.