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Goose struck with arrow being treated at LSU Vet school

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BATON ROUGE - The goose that was found struck with an arrow two and a half weeks ago at the LSU lakes will be released back into the wild on Monday, March 5.

Veterinarians successfully removed the arrow from the goose’s body and have been closely monitoring the wound, as well as other superficial injuries. The goose had X-rays, blood tests, and was given antibiotics and medication for pain management.

After more than two weeks at the LSU VTH, the goose appears to be healed and will be released back at the LSU Lakes.

“The goose recovered very well from the injuries and has continued to improve during hospitalization. We expect a full recovery once it is released,” said Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DECZM, professor of Zoological Medicine at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and one of the attending veterinarians for the goose.


People gathered at the LSU lakes to check out a bird late Tuesday afternoon. But it's not a white pelican or a pink flamingo, rather it's a goose that's been struck by an arrow.

A crowd started to gather at the lakes off North Dalrymple Road around 4:30 p.m. as more people began to take notice of the wounded bird.

Concerned citizens and Animal Control tried to capture the bird but were unsuccessful. The goose eventually flew away with its flock.

It's unclear when or where the bird was shot.

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