Chris Nelsen, Special for the Detroit Free Press
Published 11:56 pm ET May 31, 2018
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Catherine Roach could feel a problem between the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night and Los Angeles Angels.
When Comerica Park gardeners attempted a Canada goose off the field during a rainfall of the sixth innings to scare away a horrible scene pla
"I knew there was a reason why he could not fly," said Roach, a season ticket holder.
After minutes of chasing the bird around the field – even the ground guards fired fireworks trying to scare it – the goose eventually rose to the wall of the upper deck. However, he ran headfirst into a video banner directly under the seats of the upper deck, bounced off the shield and fell into the stands on the lower deck.
Roach, veterinarian from Hamtramck, Michigan, was quick to get there
"I ran down there and told people, 'Hey, I'm a veterinarian,'" she said. "They let me through and I could grab him."
Holding the bird in its arms while holding its neck so that it does not bite Roach was led out of Comerica Park by security forces, and she safely let go of the waterfowl.
"He was watchful, he looked at me," said Roach. "There is a big deal with grass and bushes (outside Comerica), and I let go of him to hide in. He ran into the bushes, he did not fly, I imagine he is dizzy after that fall . "
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Ian Bradford, sitting behind Roach and her husband, Mark Lamb, said Roach is a hero and added "I am very impressed by what she has done."
Players and coaches from the Tigers and Angels witnessed the death of the bird.
"He was about 6 inches high, but he finally got up," said Angel's manager Mike Scioscia. "It looked like I was trying to get off the floor, you're a beautiful animal."
Roach planned to look for the bird after the game.
"If he's still there, we'll take him to an emergency veterinary clinic," she said.
"Birds are really stressful, and if you continue to spit on it, it would have made it worse, we wanted to give it time to recover and see if it could fly."  @tiger announce that the goose is healthy and released pic.twitter.com/17BZI8PEHL
– George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) May 31, 2018  Autoplay
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