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Wild Art, October 2006

Veterinarians Mark Romain, left, and J.C. Burcham prep ''Cupid,'' an anesthetized swan, for surgery to remove an archer's arrow that pierced its wing. The injured swan was discovered last week swimming in a pond at a Johnson County subdivision. Animal control officers, including two divers, used bread to coax the bird to shore. The arrow had pierced the swan's right wing and traveled through the body, with the tip exiting the left wing. The swan was awake and moving after undergoing the 1 1/2-hour operation Monday at the Olathe Animal Hospital.


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