This Week at Liberty January 21, 2013

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

An e mail last week alerted me to the sad story of a Canada goose on a lake frequented by the sender of the e mail.  It seems that someone had shot an arrow through the body of the goose.  The goose was still alive, able to swim to shore and do a little feeding but when the other geese in her flock flew away, she remained grounded, prey for a predator, except that she was able to float out to the lake center on pieces of ice.  That was the first clue that the goose was not in the Phoenix area, but instead was suffering quietly on a lake in Pine, Arizona.

According to the lady who contacted us at Liberty Wildlife, other folks and agencies had attempted to rescue the lonely goose to no avail.  At some point someone suggested that she contact Liberty Wildlife, and she did.  Although it was very cold and some distance from his home, Carl Price, a senior rescue/transport volunteer didn’t hesitate to take up the challenge to help this sad situation.

I had some difficult moments, after seeing the photograph that was sent, trying to understand the mentality of the person who would shoot a goose, not kill it, and leave it to suffer a slow death of starvation or a haunted death at the jaws of a predator, unable to defend herself encumbered by an arrow that went through her body….I just don’t get it and pondering it for any length of time only made me more and more depressed.

So, I decided that I would focus my thoughts on all of the good people who just didn’t give up on her.  They were observers of their surroundings, noticed her plight and took action.   A number of people were involved in trying to help, invested in the life and well-being of this one creature who was caught in a limbo not of her own doing,

Again, it makes me so proud to be associated with Liberty Wildlife.  One call was made to ask for a volunteer’s help and the job was done.  Waterfowl of any kind are one of the most difficult animals to rescue.  Being able to swim, fly and run, doesn’t give the rescuer a lot of easy options, but Carl did the job.  He let us know he was on his way down with her and Terry waited  at the ready to race her to the clinic for x rays and hopeful surgery to remove the arrow and correct any injuries caused by the path of the arrow as it plunged through the goose’s body.

Lucky Goose!  The invading arrow followed the keel and nicked nothing crucial on its path through.  The arrow was removed, and the very thin girl was sent to fatten up and recover from her assault.  She is eating, basking in the sun during the warm days and will soon be returned to her flock where she will once again be able to fly off with them at the end of the day with a life mate that I feel sure awaits her arrival.

No longer depressed about the whys, I choose to be hopeful about the whens.

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 63.

This will mostly be the “Wild Goose Chase” special edition of TW@L. If you read Megan’s HHH above, you already know the story, so I’ll try to illustrate the tale in my part of the blog. Plus, some more cool (or should I say “cold”) pics from the frigid spell we had last week.

Ice stalagmite last week (photo by Carol Marshall)

Yeah, it’s warming up and might be hotter than normal this week, but last week, it was C-O-L-D!!!  We left the outside hoses drip to prevent freezing, but that led to this unusual ice formation under the dripping nozzle by the eagle enclosures.  Carol marshall was kind enough to snap this shot for our use next summer when it’s 120 outside…


A house finch gets some meds

Another young RTH up from Sierra Vista

Once again illustrating that “Liberty isn’t just for the raptors,” these shots of two rehabbing birds from last week show both ends of the food chain.  The little house finch above is getting some medicine from Tim and the juvie RTH below is another hawk from Christy, our friend in Sierra Vista who sent this bird up recently. As I’ve said before, if it comes to our door, it’s going to get the best help we can give.


Concerned neighbors sent this picture to us with a note asking for help (photo provided by Susie Holmquist)

Carl executes a successful rescue (photo provided by Susie Holmquist)

The shaft is shortened to prevent further injury in the carrier (photo provided by Susie Holmquist)

Jan holds her after arriving at the clinic…

Jackie helps Jan take the X-rays

Dr. Orr gently removes what remains of the arrow

Was this part of someone’s holiday gift?

Dr. Orr cleans the wound

Recovering from arrow hit (photo by Kurt Licence)

OK, the story is nicely recounted in H3 above by Megan, so here is what it looked like as it occurred. The bird is now doing well and hopefully it will be taken back up north and allowed to rejoin the flock that visit the pond daily.


We had a glitch in the website yesterday so TW@L is a bit late this week.  Hope this doesn’t cause anyone any inconvenience!

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4 Responses to This Week at Liberty January 21, 2013

  1. Maureen says:

    Way to go Carl! Thank you!!!

  2. Gail Von Drashek says:

    This one is really amazing. Very cool. Really amazing.

  3. Susie says:

    Liberty has the best people in the world! If an animal needs help, Liberty will do everything possible to be there! Makes me so proud to be a part of the team! Like Megan, I try not to ponder the ‘whys’, I try to focus on the ‘what’ – what we all can do to educate people on their impact on wildife we live with in our beautiful state.

  4. Kelly says:

    Great rescue story! That’s one lucky goose!

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