Goose with Arrow Through its Head to be Reunited with Family
On August 1 the League’s Rescue Team was informed of a Canada Goose who was shot through the head with an archery arrow. Our Rescue Team rushed over to the scene, rescued the injured goose and transported him to the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC).
The Canada Goose was alert and conscious, but he was malnourished and had no use of his jaw. Dr. Metz, A veterinarian at NEWC, successfully removed the arrow and packed the wound with surgical padding to prevent further infection of the skin. Fortunately, the arrow did not damage any major nerves or muscles in his face and the goose is again able to move his head and jaw. After three and a half weeks of rehabilitative care, medication and nutritional support he is healthy enough to be released back to the wild.
The release will take place today at noon at a pond near the Ellis Haven Camp Ground in Plymouth, MA . Katrina Bergman, the NEWC’s executive director said “We are particularly excited that the Canada Goose will be released back to the pond where his mate and goslings are. It is critical that we as a society protect the most vulnerable among us. Providing medical care to wildlife caught in harm’s way is just the right thing to do.”
The Animal Rescue League of Boston and the New England Wildlife Center often work closely together and we are so happy that the Canada Goose is healthy and will be reunited with his family! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to NEWC. Nice work everyone!