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Mich. goose lives with arrow in back

Published On: Jun 14 2013 12:16:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 14 2013 12:55:01 PM CDT
Goose with arrow in back

WNEM

The goose on the Idaho Falls Greenbelt with a blow dart in its neck is not the only one wearing a projectile.

Visitors to a Michigan park may catch glimpse of a goose that's living with an arrow in its back.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it knows about the bird at Bay City's Bigelow Park.

In fact, the arrow has been protruding from the goose's back for quite some time, Saginaw TV station WNEM reported.

"I was pretty amazed. He could still fly and everything else," said Randy Richards, adding he was shocked the first time he saw the goose.

"He was down there by the Boys and Girls Club, flying around, (and) the arrow's stuck right in his back," he said.

No one knows how the goose ended up that way.

But people who frequent the Bay City park say the goose has been out there for months and, despite the arrow in its body, seems to be thriving.

"It's feeding and it's traveling with the flock, and it seems to be doing quite well, so possibly trying to remove that arrow at this point may be more harmful than good," resident Thomas Simons said.

"It acts like a normal goose, except it has this arrow sticking out it," said Department of Natural Resources Lt. Randy Utt, whose office receives calls about the goose on a daily basis.

He said there's not much that can be done at the moment because the goose doesn't seem to want help.

"We've had (the) wild life division out trying to catch it," Utt said. "Unfortunately, it flies as soon as you get close to it, flies off like a normal goose."

In Idaho Falls, the goose with the dart in its neck had also adapted and behaved like the other geese when Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News covered the story in May.

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