The Norman Transcript


June 23, 2013

Norman hospital workers help patient with broken wing

NORMAN — Lauren Berry wheels patients from A to B at Norman Regional Healthplex, but this was the first time she’d had to transport a patient in a cardboard box.

That morning, Berry’s coworker, Gilbert Shepherdson, had been walking near the Healthplex’s pond when he saw a young Canada Goose. Geese nesting around the pond are a common sight, but this goose had a broken wing.

“I saw her dragging her wing,” Shepherdson said. “I reckoned we could catch her, I just didn’t know how. I never tried to catch a goose before.”

Shepherdson returned with Berry and a possé of four or five other hospital workers. They armed themselves with nets used for pond maintenance. But even with a fractured humerus, the goose could hold its own.

“She figured out what we were trying to do and wasn’t having any part of it,” Berry said. “I was trying to come from behind with the net. …We would go one way and she would go the other. It was a wild goose chase.”

After half an hour of frantic pursuit in the 90-degree heat, Berry and Shepherdson knew they were beaten. That afternoon, one of their coworkers managed to sneak up on the goose and stuff it into a supply box. It fell to Berry and Shepherdson to drive the goose to the WildCare animal shelter in Noble before it could peck its way out of its cardboard prison.

“They told us initially that we might have to euthanize her,” Berry said. “But they called us back later to tell us there was a veterinarian in Oklahoma City who would be willing to amputate the wing and take her to his farm.”

That veterinarian was Dr. James Bixler of Oklahoma City’s Companion Animal Clinic, a modest but orderly facility nestled between a loan office and a strip mall. Bixler has made a second career out of treating injured wild birds for free. He took Berry’s goose, fed it, gave it antibiotics and bandaged its wing to keep the bones from dislocating.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Just say no to 12-year-old’s Mohawk

    A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a Mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I’d say no. “But is it really that big a deal?” she said....

    August 1, 2014

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam set

    Norman residents will serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Andrew’s Park, 201 W. Daws St. A pop-up store also will distribute donations of new and gently used books, clothing, shoes, ...

    August 1, 2014

  • CCFI announces play therapy course

    Center for Children and Families will present the course Fundamentals of Non-Directive Play Therapy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Sarkeys Foundation, 520 E. Main St....

    August 1, 2014

  • Recent weather has been surprising

    Earlier this July, a dense cold front slipped into the central section of the Southwest — including Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and bordering states — dropping daytime temperature highs into the upper 60s and 70s, which I believe is an ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Are you a puppet or a prince?

    Names have power. This cautionary statement is frequently found in fantasy novels populated by magical beings. The implication being that you should choose your friends and enemies wisely....

    August 1, 2014

  • Crafter’s emporium planned Saturday

    Members of the Opal District Crafter’s Emporium, plus other local artists, will have an art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. in Norman. It will be hosted concurrently with the ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Williams book signing event set

    Jared Williams, a resident of Moore, will sign copies of his book “Cerebral” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 2300 W. Main St. Norman....

    July 31, 2014

  • Home dedication set Sunday

    Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity will host a dedication of the Ruvalcaba family home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 618 E. Apache St. Those attending are asked to bring a pantry item to help the family begin life in their new home. ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Two territorial littermate cats are asserting social dominance

    Dear Dr. Fox: When we decided to get a cat 10 years ago, I thought getting a couple of littermates would work well. They got along during the first couple of years, often sleeping together and grooming each other. As they matured, though, ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Board welcomes new member

    In its June meeting, the members of the Mary Abbott Children’s House board of directors elected Barbara Henderson to serve the remaining term of Anne Ederington, who resigned from the board in May due to moving from Norman. Henderson and ...

    July 30, 2014