Milly the Canada Goose – Creston Valley Advance

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On November 8th I decided to take a walk north from the first bridge over Nick’s Island Road in West Creston. About a quarter of a mile down the road, an animal rushed to the edge of the bank to seek refuge in the tall grass and escape me. I went to investigate, and to my surprise and delight, it was a Canada goose.

The goose could walk, but was not able to fly. I immediately decided that I had to help this goose, so I gently picked it up and tucked it under my arm for the return to my vehicle.

Every time a vehicle passed by it frightened the goose and it flapped its wings and frantically wiggled its paws. Once I was able to examine the goose, I found that it had blood on both sides of its chest, but its wings did not appear to be broken.

I tried to keep him warm and calm by wrapping a large towel tightly around his body. Once securely strapped into the passenger seat, I led the goose to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area to ask for advice on what to do next. Two young men took a look at the injured goose and advised me to go to Creston Veterinary Hospital to have the goose carefully examined and treated.

Once there, the vet was able to examine the goose (which I had now nicknamed Milly), and they took her in for the night.

The next morning I was very excited and a little worried about the outcome. In anticipation, I called the vet to find out what had happened, and to my delight, they said the goose was doing very well. He had been shot just under the left wing. Milly had survived the night and lived to see another day, thank goodness!

Hopefully Milly will be sent back to the wild, but time will tell. Hats off to Creston Veterinary Hospital!

– Patty Walters, Creston

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