Geese Rescued by Parks Department WorkerPosted by Ian Elwood, ALDF Online Editor on January 10, 2014
Although rescuing animals is always a team effort, ALDF would like to focus on the actions of one animal hero, who kayaked onto a frozen lake to save two geese—putting himself at risk to save their lives. The two domesticated geese were rescued by a crew, including Neel Deshpande, after onlookers noticed that the geese were frozen to the ice and called it in. ALDF spoke with Deshpande, who works for Metro Parks in Nasheville as an outdoors skills educator.
“It was a great feeling freeing the geese,” Deshpande said. The first goose was had his feathers frozen to the ice, so Deshpande chipped away with a hammer until the goose was free. “Once I got him free, it was clear he was exhausted and not happy. I petted him a few times to try to calm him down then picked him up and put him on the front of the kayak.”
The crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief after Deshpande freed the second goose and both were safely in the arms of animal rescuers from a local wildlife rescue called Walden’s Puddle. “The news helicopter overhead gave it all a bit of a dramatic flair,” Deshpande added. Video of the rescue was featured on News Channel 5 and other networks.
After the rescue, the two geese were taken to Walden’s Puddle animal rescue to be nursed back to health by volunteers.
“The geese are in recovery and have perked up,” said Lane Brody, CEO of Walden’s Puddle. “They are getting chatty with the other geese.”
Since the geese were a domestic breed—not wild animals—they were not suited for winter survival like other animals living outside. After they are back to full weight they will be placed in a good home where they will be cared for and kept inside at night. Many thanks to Neel Deshpande, Walden’s Puddle, and everyone else who contributed to rescuing and caring for these two geese.
And remember, you can be an animal hero too. Leave animal products on the animals—go vegan!
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