1 West Texas A&M live mascot dies after routine procedure

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Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:39 PM CDT
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CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - One of West Texas A&M University’s two live mascots-in-training has died.

The calf known affectionately as “Lightning” was euthanized after he developed complications following a routine husbandry procedure performed this week by the University veterinarian.

Mater, the other buffalo calf being trained as the official mascot, did not have any complications and is healing well from his procedure.

“The Herdsmen team is saddened by the loss of Lightning,” said Herdsman adviser Logan Burleson. “The loss of an animal that you devote so much care and time toward is never easy.”

The Herdsmen will continue to train Mater to serve as Thunder XIV, the latest in a line of live WT mascots.

The University is exploring options to find a companion animal for Mater during the training process.

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