Goose impaled by arrow rescued by Animal Welfare

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A goose was found wandering through the metro, impaled by an arrow. Animal Welfare believes this may be a case of animal abuse, and they need help gathering information.

The goose is far from its gander today... a little woozy, but lucky to be alive.

The bird was found Sunday, in southwest OKC near Portland. It had a 30-inch arrow sticking out of its side.

"We received a call from a citizen that there was a goose with an arrow through its belly," said Julie Bank, with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare. "It was in a bunch of pain."

Impaled through the chest, the little fowl was moved to Noble to be cared for at WildCare Oklahoma.

"The goose was extremely fortunate that the arrow was far enough forward in the chest that it had missed all of the major organs," said Dr. Amy Tyler, with WildCare Oklahoma. "It was really affecting the goose's ability to go through life like a goose."

So vets set to work, snipping the ends of the arrow, then removing what was left inside.

The goose is now back on its webbed feet. But exactly what happened to it remains unknown, and is quite possibly illegal.

"Was the arrow shot by a person who has a permit to do this, where was the animal shot," asked Bank. "At this point, we believe the animal was shot in a residential area."

An arrow shot in the metro that could lead to clues, and justice for one woozy goose.

"Leaving an animal to suffer with an arrow through its chest, regardless of what your intent was, is not okay," said Bank.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Animal Welfare.

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