Apr 16, 2012

Goose at Apple

Today, received a call today about an injured Canada goose in one of the parking lots at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, CA. According to the RP, it had been there for a week. No one had come to its rescue.

We alerted our responders. Sammarye, in Sunnyvale, was quick to reply. She met Rebecca on scene.

The goose appeared to have a swollen leg, but was still flighted, although weak. Rebecca first tried coaxing the bird close, but it was too wary. Next, the team tried a single snare, but that didn't work well, so they decided to try the Drive By.

They placed a few handfuls of grain to preoccupy the goose. With Samm at the wheel and Rebecca crouched inside the back of the van with both doors open, they made a couple of passes. With each pass, the goose seemed to get a little more comfortable with the vehicle.

On the third pass, Rebecca lunged, bagging the goose in a large hoop net. Samm stopped the immediately and helped process the large bird from the net and into a crate. 

The bird was transported to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley for treatment.

UPDATE: According to WCSV, the goose was dehydrated and notably lethargic. Her slight wing droop leads them to suspect lead poisoning. They expect lab results early next week.

Stay tuned.