RSPCA Cymru launch boat on River Teifi to reach bird

Tuesday 10 December 2013

A goose with a hole in its chest and head injuries has been rescued from the River Teifi in Cardigan.

The male, domestic goose was spotted by a passer by on the riverbank near the Red Lion pub on St Mary Street yesterday morning (9th December 2013) bleeding heavily and moving lethargically.

When Inspector Neill Manley arrived at the scene the goose had entered the water and a boat was required to reach him. Assisted by Inspectors Richard Abbott and Neil Duguid, inspector Manley managed to capture the goose and his mate.

Inspector Manley said: “The goose was in a pretty bad way and needed urgent attention. Luckily he was spotted by a passerby who called us and we could launch a boat in order to get him to safety.

“We couldn’t leave his mate behind and were able to collect her too so they can remain together.”

After some emergency veterinary treatment for the injured male both geese were transferred to Tinker’s Hill rescue centre at Amroth where centre owner Maria Evans said: ”The wound to the chest is about six inches wide and looks as if it could have been caused by a propeller and looks as if it could be a few weeks old. Sadly, I suspect the head injuries may have been caused by an airgun.

“I have never seen such appalling injuries on a living bird before. Fortunately this goose is a real feisty character which will help him to pull through. If we can avoid the wounds getting infected then he has every chance of making a good recovery”.

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Inspector Manley takes the goose to safety

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The goose had a six-inch open wound to his chest