Wild goose chase ends in success at Riverside Park

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Oct. 30, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated Oct. 31, 2012 at 5:31 a.m.

After a concerted effort, an imperiled goose has been rescued.

Victoria resident Kevin Shoemake was one of many visitors to the duck pond at Riverside Park who became concerned about a snowy white goose with a soda lid stuck on its beak. He and a handful of people started making calls to see if someone could help the animal, and on Tuesday help arrived.

On Tuesday morning, a group of 13 City of Victoria employees worked together to corner and help the goose, said Heather Kern, assistant supervisor at Victoria Animal Control.

Kern said they had made multiple attempts to help the goose since being alerted to the situation, but had not managed to corner the bird and actually remove the lid from its beak.

"It took 13 of us, but the end result was a success for the goose," Kern said.

She warned that people should be more aware of how they dispose of trash and the impact that trash on the ground can have for wildlife in the area.

"All wildlife are curious by nature, and if trash is thrown in the proper receptacles, this could have easily been avoided," Kern said.

Shoemake took his granddaughter back to the duck pond Tuesday and was excited to see that the lid had been removed from the goose's beak and the trash that had built up around the pond had been picked up.

"It was a good feeling, seeing that the goose was taken care of, and it felt really nice to see the pond so clean," Shoemake said.



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