Geese Rescued by Parks Department Worker

Posted 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.


Neel Deshpande rescuing one of the geese.

“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.”


Geese at Walden’s Puddle animal rescue after being warmed up and fed. (Walden’s Puddle)

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.

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23 thoughts on “Geese Rescued by Parks Department Worker

  1. Tess Goodman says:

    Thank you, Neel! Way to think outside the box. It’s hard to believe it took so long for someone to do something. It’s the Neel Deshpande’s of the world that get things DONE!

  2. Jay McKillop says:

    Thank you sincerely. So much sadness in the world and you’ve made it a better place.

  3. dalene says:

    Thank you. We need more people in this world like you. Dalene

  4. Jenny Li says:

    Thank you, Neel! What a wonderful act of kindness!

  5. helen ottinger says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful rescue of the geese. We need more people like you with compassion for all creatures. You are an inspiration!! God Bless You !!!

  6. Mary Ann Rice says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  7. Tammy says:

    A big Thank You to Neel and the other folks who rescued these geese. God Bless !!

  8. m says:

    Ever so many thanks.

  9. Marie P says:

    It’s people like Neel that restores my faith in humanity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassionate act of kindness. And I’m sure if they could talk, the geese would thank you too. You are AWESOME!

  10. Boo says:

    A huge thank you for doing the right thing!!

  11. DiziDeb says:

    Thank you Neel, you truly are a hero!!

  12. Joanne says:

    Thank you. You’re the best.

  13. Sherry Korniloff says:

    Thank you Neel for having so much compassion. And a thank you to Walden’s Puddle for caring for the geese.

  14. melek says:

    Thank you! You’re a good man :)

  15. Maria Lucas says:

    You’re the greatest! Thanks for such an act of kindness and goodwill towards these Geese.

  16. Steve Linhart says:

    A very sincere thank you Neel Deshpande, nature’s true steward and compassionate man, for rescuing these geese with the help of the others involved. I imagine you believe you were just doing your job, yet for the geese and animal lovers everywhere you went above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you for your courageous and brave attitude of doing what you did. I pray and hope the community recognizes with a plague honoring your rescue.

  17. Dore says:

    Thank you so much for your self-less act of kindness. Can we clone you?

  18. Karen says:

    This is the way I wish all men were! True compassion is beautiful! Thank you Neel! You are a hero and a good man!

  19. Lulu Miller says:

    You are my hero. Thank you for saving these geese. So many must have perished during the horrific cold. You made my day!

  20. Heather McGuirk says:

    Thank you for saving those poor geese. Bright Blessings to you and yours. <3

  21. Patricia Compton (@squirrelmender1) says:

    I bet if the director’s child was stuck in the ice he would have found a way to rescue the child but, since it was just an animal he could have cared less. You should be fired and Neal hired into your position since he’s the one who has the brains. Thanks so much Neal for caring.

  22. Shell says:

    YOU ROCK, NEEL DESHPANDE!!!!!!! Thank you bunches!!!:-) :-) :-) :-)

    …”The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”_Charles Darwin

  23. the other ghost girl says:

    Walden’s puddle is a great place, they nursed Manticre (one of the geese living in our neighborhood) back to health after it got one of it’s feet run over by a car, so I know these geese are in good hands

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