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KYLE, Texas - (Sept. 26, 2013) - Finally, Boko the Bobcat goes under the knife. Fortunately, the surgery went purrfectly.

In Episode 3 of "As the Tail Turns," Texas State University's popular costumed mascot nervously walks into Seton Medical Center Hays, is given a … um, CAT scan … and ultimately undergoes his much-anticipated "tailectomy" so that his caudal appendage will reflect his true breeding as a "bob"cat.

In Episode 4, Boko commences his recovery (despite an unfortunate experience on a treadmill in Seton Hays' rehabilitation center) and walks out of th hospital ready to tackle the world ... and any Wyoming running back who gets in his way.

As they do with all patients, Seton medical staffers involved in the procedure were caring, understanding, patient and professional.

And (watch for it in Episode 3) they also got in a quick game of "Operation" in the process.

What's next? Tune in for Episode 5, which will be posted Friday afternoon, Sept. 27. You can see all of the posted episodes, which run one to two minutes, on the school's athletic department website.

You also can see the exciting conclusion live on Saturday evening, Sept. 28, at the beginning of the Texas State-Wyoming football game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.

A video compiled from the five "As the Tail Turns" episodes is scheduled to be shown on the scoreboard, with Boko expected to make a grand entrance to mark his full recovery from surgery and subsequent physical therapy. Game tickets can be purchased online or by calling 512-245-2272.

Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. and the game also will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

What's all the fuss about? After the Texas State football team won its home opener, 28-3 against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 7, many fans turned to social media and couldn't stop talking about … the lengthy length of the school mascot's tail.

Bobcats are known for having short, bobbed tails, but Boko has a new look this year. His costume featured a tail the length of which is considered uncharacteristic for the breed.

After several consultations with Seton Hays medical personnel, Texas State decided to put Boko on injured reserve and have the mascot undergo a "tailectomy" in the hope that he could return to the field in time for the Wyoming game.

"As the Tail Turns" also is featured on the Texas State Bobcats' YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account and on Instagram. To participate in the conversation on Twitter and Instagram, use #BokosTail.

The tailectomy was performed (pun intended) at Seton Hays Sept. 20. As a result, at Texas State's Sept. 21 road game in Lubbock against Texas Tech, Boko sported a large bandage on his rear end.

"Dr." Beau Blackwell, who actually is a registered nurse, was the lead surgeon. Other Seton Hays employees and volunteers who participated in videotaping the operation were 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.

(And for those concerned if appropriate patient approval was provided in writing prior to the videotaping and the posting of this story, rest assured we have a paw print on file.)

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