Goose shot with arrow rescued at duck pond

A keen eye and the quick work of a handful of people mean a Canada goose will make a full recovery.

Just the end of an arrow is visible coming out of this Canada Goose found by the Visitor Centre’s Katherine Worsley while she was out for a walk last week.

Just the end of an arrow is visible coming out of this Canada Goose found by the Visitor Centre’s Katherine Worsley while she was out for a walk last week.

A keen eye and the quick work of a handful of people mean a Canada goose will make a full recovery.

The Cowichan Lake Chamber/Visitor Centre’s Katherine Worsley was walking her dog Bensen out at the Kinsmen Duck Pond when they came across a gaggle of particularly chatty geese.

She saw a flicker of florescent colour amongst them as they herded away, but she shrugged it off and went home.

Worsley couldn’t forget that odd flash of light amid the relatively grey birds however, and went out again the next morning to double check.

“We went down there and I continued to go down to the water and the geese did the same thing, they started to do their gaggle gaggle letting me know that I’m getting too close.”

When they took to the water, Worsley saw the arrow.

“There was that green flicker again,” she said. “I looked closer and I said ‘oh my gosh, it’s been impaled’.”

Worsley didn’t have her phone with her so she went home and made a couple of phone calls.

First she called the conservation office but they don’t have a medic on staff to take care of those sorts of things and so she was given some other numbers to try.

Then, in a fortuitous turn of events, on her way to work, Worsley came upon Roger and Ramsey, two Cowichan River Fish Hatchery employees.

“I said ‘hey, are you going on the water? Is there any way you’re going down by the duck pond? We have a goose that’s in trouble’.”

Within 15 minutes the hatchery duo had the goose in their Zodiac, up the river and at the front door of the visitors’ centre.

Worsley rushed home to grab Bensen’s dog carrier.

“This is a big goose, bigger than I thought it would be,” she said. “The goose didn’t mind getting into the kennel, it didn’t want to at first.”

Not knowing what to do with her captured waterfowl, Worsley called the The Raptor Rescue Society in Duncan.

“I didn’t know if they could help me because they deal with birds of prey but they helped me before with robins,” she noted.

In the time it took to drive from Duncan to the Lake, a volunteer from The Raptor Rescue Society was there.

The bird was taken to the Society’s veterinarian in Nanaimo, confirmed Raptors Centre general manager Robyn Radcliffe.

“The woman who found him, she did such a great job coordinating it,” Radcliffe said. “We had him at the vet within two hours of her calling us.”

 

The bird is expected to survive, as the arrow somehow managed to miss all the bird’s vital organs.

“It’s kind of miraculous,” Radcliffe said, noting the arrow shot between the radius and ulna in its wing, missing both.

“It’s amazing. He’s doing okay, fortunately. He’s on antibiotics,” she said.

The animal will likely be sent to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre as the Raptor Rescue Society doesn’t normally treat geese.

“We can coordinate rescues but we usually send them to people who have more experience with them,” Radcliffe said.

Just Posted

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

Tim Wilkinson, who will attempt a double anvil triathlon on Vancouver Island on July 3, poses with his training partner, Shadow, who has been dragged up and down the Nanaimo Parkway many times. (Submitted)
Vancouver Island triathlete takes on ‘double anvil’ for charity

7.6km swim, 360km bike ride, and 84.4km run, all within 36 hours

From left: Thomas Kuecks, David Lane, John Ivison, Denis Berger, Rod Gray, and James Kuecks are Cabin Fever. Catch their performance on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre website. (Ashley Foot photo)
A&E column: Music Festival winners, CVAC awards, and Cabin Fever

The latest from the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment community

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

BC Green Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on Friday, February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
U.S. border restrictions to remain in place until at least July 21

Safety minister says Canada, U.S. extending restrictions on non-essential international travel

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

Most Read