Goose Shot with Arrow Doing Well

A wild goose chase finally comes to an end.

Fish and wildlife personnel captured the goose that had an arrow through it's chest, and the goose underwent successful surgery.

Around a pond in front of the old Lexington mall is where the goose with the arrow through it was first spotted May 28th, and when fish and wildlife people finally caught it not far from here this morning, it's condition didn't seem to have deteriorated much.

"His demeanor, he's bright, alert, active. He's eating, he's drinking and this is fantastic. There's no open blood around the wound."

All of which came as a surprise to Dr. Walker.

"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, and she foresees a fairly quick return to the wild for her patient.

"I'd like to keep him on a course of antibiotics for at least 14 days, and then he should be ready to go."

The penny royal animal hospital funds all of its wildlife surgeries through donations.

If you'd like to help by making a donation... You can call them at 859-277-4315.