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Campus goose gets brief stay in wildlife rehab after dart injury

April 14, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Don’t get your feathers ruffled — the Indiana University Kokomo gander is back on campus.

A student discovered the waterfowl with a dart stuck in his wing, and reported it to campus administration. After a short stay in rehab, the gander has resumed his duties of hissing, honking, and tapping on the glass at passersby, and helping his mate guard their eggs.

“We are happy our feathered friend expects to make a full recovery, and glad we could help him,” said John Sarber, director of physical facilities, who arranged for the gander’s treatment.

“The rehabilitators expect the hole in his wing to heal within a week or so, and returned him to the courtyard, where he is sharing nest duty with his mate.”

The pair of Canada geese have become familiar figures the last several years, nesting and hatching their goslings each spring in the courtyard.

Sarber called Providence Wildlife Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care, recovery, and release of orphaned and/or injured wildlife.

The gander fled rehabilitators, but was captured after a short pursuit, and taken for rehabilitation care. Sarber treated the goose to a meal of cracked corn, because she cannot leave the nest without her mate’s assistance to watch the eggs.

One day later, he was back on duty, stalking the grassy area by the windows

Canada geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918. This act makes it illegal to harm or injure a goose, or to injure a goose and damage or move its eggs and nest, without a federal permit.
This 2011 video captures the goose family as they leave campus, https://youtu.be/CQfFf5SNeos.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 04/24/2015