LSU Veterinary School Releases "Mardi Goose"



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BATON ROUGE, LA - On Monday, March 5, 2018, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Hospital released "Mardi Goose," a Canadian goose that was treated at the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana for two and a half weeks after it was shot with an arrow. Several agents from Animal Control  & Rescue Center and other spectators were in attendance for the release. As soon as the goose was released from the carrier, it flew immediately into the water and began to splash and bathe itself. After weeks away from the LSU Lakes, the goose appeared right at home. 


The adult Canadian goose was brought to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, February 14, by Animal Control and Rescue agents. Good Samaritans at the LSU Lakes noticed a goose walking around with an arrow through its body. Animal Control agents successfully captured the goose and brought it to the LSU VTH for further examination and treatment.


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 radiographs (x-rays), blood tests, and was given antibiotics and medication for pain management. After more than two weeks at the LSU VTH, the goose was healed and released back at the LSU Lakes.


“The goose recovered very well from the injuries and continued to improve during hospitalization,” 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.


For more information about the goose, please contact Julie Thomas, public relations coordinator at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, at or call 225-578-0110.


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research, and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.