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Rescued goose in Tomah was shot, now at rehabilitation center

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:40:15 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 03 2013 07:26:17 PM CST
Ferris the Goose

Marge Gibson

TOMAH, WI (WKBT) -

A goose, affectionately named "Ferris," that had been stranded on the ice on Lake Tomah for several days last week had been shot.  It also has a broken wing, an infection and low protein levels.

The unusual rescue took place last Wednesday around 6:00 p.m. 

slideshows_icon[1] SLIDESHOW: Pictures of Ferris

Several community members became concerned for the welfare of the goose after it hadn't moved from the ice for several days. They started rallying people to find a way to save the bird.

One person even started a Facebook group called "Save Ferris (the goose)" to get the word out and to ask for help.

Two small boats with four people were able to go out on the ice and save the goose as several dozen people watched from shore.

On Saturday, Wendy Sherwood and two other women drove "Ferris" to the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo, WI. 

The group's director says Ferris' condition is still serious, but the prognosis looks good. She says Ferris does have a bit of anemia which is likely from blood loss due to being shot and resulting starvation. She also says the joint of her left wing has a serious infection which is being treated.

Ferris is also being tube fed a liquid protein and nutrient rich food that are more easily tolerated by her weakened body than solid food.

On her Facebook page, Sherwood says the wildlife rehabilitation facility will become Ferris' permanent home.  She says they learned "Ferris" is still young and hasn't mated yet so she's hoping Ferris will find her forever mate.

Sherwood is encouraging anyone touched by the story of "Ferris" to donate to the Raptor Education Group, Inc. The address is: P.O Box 481, Antigo, WI 54409.

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An unusual rescue took place on Lake Tomah Wednesday evening.

A goose was stuck in the ice and apparently had been there since Sunday.

Several community members became concerned for the welfare of the goose and started rallying people to find a way to save the bird.

One person even started a Facebook group called "Save Ferris (the goose)" to get the word out about the predicament.

Two small boats with four people were able to go out on the ice and save the goose around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

One witness says it appears the goose's wing is broken. She says they've contacted a few animal rehabilitation facilities to see if they would be willing to nurse it back to health.

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