Goose With Arrow Lodged in Chest Found, Arrow Surgically Removed

Fish and wildlife officers captured an injured goose that had an arrow through it's chest Wednesday, after weeks of trying to capture it.

The goose was found in a pond in front of the old Lexington Mall. That's where the goose with the arrow through was first spotted last May 28th.

Fish and wildlife officials finally caught the goose Wednesday morning, and it's condition didn't seem to have deteriorated much.

Dr. Walker, a Lexington veterinarian, says the goose's demeanor was bright, alert, and active.

Dr. Walker says, "I am very surprised. I thought the infection would set in and he would get sepsis and or bacterial infection in the blood stream. That would cause major problems for the bird and that we would have definite problems and he wouldn't survive. I think that means that it's just gone through the breast muscle or even into the bone itself."

But after taking x-rays to make sure no vital organs were involved, the skilled veterinarian was able to surgically remove the arrow with no problems. She foresees a fairly quick return to the wild for her patient.

The Penny Royal Animal Hospital funds all of its wildlife surgeries through donations. Anyone who would like to help by making a donation can call 859-277-4315.


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  • by James Location: Louisville on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    Please take the to verify the information that you place in your news stories. Fish and wildlife officals more specifically KDFWR official are NOT the people that captured the injured Canada goose on Wednesday. The USDA-Wildlife Services are the proper individuals to credit with the capture of the goose. USDA-WS personnel then turned over the goose to a KDFWR biologist. Thank you. James
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 21, 2007 at 04:57 AM
    Thanks to Dr. Walker and all Bianca's staff for helping our little neighborhood goose! Thankfully this didn't become a copycat issue and hurt any more of our birds.
  • by Liz Location: Springfield, OH on Jun 20, 2007 at 07:08 PM
    Dr. Walker is a wonderful and compassionate veterinarian. I trust her skill and expertise with all of my pet familiars. The Penny Royal Animal Hospital ROCKS!

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