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Telling “Tail” Told by Texas State and Seton Family

By on October 2, 2013 in Health News Texas with 0 Comments
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After several consultations with Seton Hays medical personnel, Texas State put Boko on injured reserve, and decided the mascot should undergo surgery before returning to the field in time for the Wyoming game. Photo: Seton Family Healthcare

by Texas State University staff and Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

Bobcats are known for having short, bobbed tails, but Boko, the mascot for Texas State University in San Marcos, had a tail the length considered uncharacteristic for the breed. The solution, cosmetic surgery at Seton Medical Center Hays in nearby Kyle.

Boko, twice named “USA National Champion” mascot, sported a new look this year, however the new costume featured a tail length considered uncharacteristic for the breed. The home opener football game win against Prairie View A&M turned into a disaster as fans couldn’t stop talking across the social media spectrum about the length of the school mascot’s tail.

After several consultations with Seton Hays medical personnel, Texas State put Boko on injured reserve, and decided the mascot should undergo surgery before returning to the field in time for the Wyoming game.

mascotbokoThe university’s popular mascot nervously scratched his way into the Seton Healthcare Family hospital.  Upon arrival he was given a “cat” scan before ultimately undergoing the much-anticipated “tailectomy” to his caudal appendage.

The tailectomy was performed at on shortly before Texas State’s road game against Texas Tech in Lubbock.  During that game Boko sported a large bandage on his rear end.

A week later, riding down the middle of the field on the back of Harley-Davidson motorcycle holding a large U.S. and Texas flag, he made a grand entrance before the start of the home game against Wyoming. As the flags fluttered and the biked revved, the crowd cheered his full recovery from surgery and subsequent physical therapy.

“As the Tail Turns”, Boko’s journey to reflect the true “bob”cat breed was compiled into a five episodes video shown on the scoreboard during TV timeouts.  The episodes were a joint partnership between the Seton and the university’s athletic department.

The short videos were posted on the school’s athletic department website. They were also featured on the Texas State Bobcats’ YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account and on Instagram – @BokosTail.

Beau Blackwell, who portrayed Boko’s lead surgeon during the video of the operation, is a registered nurse at Seton Hayes. Other hospital employees and volunteers in operation included; Juliana Danz, Angelique Ibarra, Neal Kelley, Anika Lockhart, Theresa Mackie, Nancy Montez, Rob Peddycoart, Fernando Salas, Salim Street, Eugene Sparks, Dwight Stewart, Valerie Subia and Jannine Wagoner.

“During the  procedure and the follow-up care, Seton medical personnel were ‘purrfect’,” said Boko of his medical tale, or “tail”.


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