Canada Goose #18-2813

Admission Date: 
September 25, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Powhatan County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Attacked by dog
Transferred for continued care and release
Patient Status: 
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On September 25, the Wildlife Center admitted a Canada Goose from Powhatan County. Richmond Animal Care & Control picked up the goose after it was attacked by a dog.

Dr. Peach, the Center’s veterinary fellow, examined the goose when it arrived. The bird was thin and dehydrated but didn’t have any obvious wounds or fractures. Blood work revealed a slight anemia, but was otherwise within normal limits.

The goose was placed in the Center’s holding room for observation; the next morning, Hospital Cam viewers were able to watch the goose swimming in the small observation tub in the Center’s clinic. The goose was able to swim and preen and was exhibiting normal behaviors.

After a few days of observation, the goose was moved outside to the Center’s aviary, to share an enclosure with Canada Goose #18-2730. Staff hope that the geese will reduce each other’s stress; it’s also likely that goose #18-2813 will use the other goose as a role model, since wildlife rehabilitator Brie was able to determine that new goose #18-2813 is a hatch-year bird.

Both geese are eating and getting along well. Check them out on Critter Cam 2!

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November 20, 2018

On November 15, the Wildlife Center lost power and suffered damage to fences and outbuildings during a severe ice storm. Patients and education animals that were housed outdoors were quickly evacuated and moved into crates indoors.
(See a video tour of damage to the Center’s property.)

Because of the power outage, some patients were transferred over the weekend to other rehabilitators or wildlife hospitals in the area.

On November 16, Canada Geese #18-2813 and #18-2730 were transferred to a local wildlife rehabilitation center; that center will continue caring for the geese and release them when appropriate.

October 18, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2813 has been eating well during the past week in the Center’s aviary, along with Goose #18-2730. The young goose has no signs of injuries or trauma from its initial run-in with a dog. The veterinary team attempted to flight-test the goose last week without much success – while it appears as though the goose should be able to fly, it seems as though it doesn’t particularly want to. The rehabilitation team has noted that this goose is friendlier than they’d like. While the history of this goose is unknown, waterfowl can become fairly used to people when they grow up in urban and suburban environments and are intermittently fed by humans.

Since Canada Goose #18-2730 needs to remain at the Center for a few more months, this younger goose will stay with it, in hopes that it will become wilder.