Pet goose left to die on Caister beach

Foxy Lodge have rescued an abandoned goose The animal was found on the beach in Caister looking very sorry for itself. 

Picture: James Bass Foxy Lodge have rescued an abandoned goose The animal was found on the beach in Caister looking very sorry for itself. Picture: James Bass

Friday, July 18, 2014
10:40 AM

A new home is being sought for an unusual rescue pet after he was found struggling to survive on a beach.

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The friendly mallard pictured at Foxy Lodge with Daisy, a seven week old Roe deer. John and Tonia have reared from a few hours old after her mother was killed on the road. Because Daisy was well below her normal birth weight they suspect her mum gave birth to her prematurely just before she died. Daisy is now doing well.
Picture: submittedThe friendly mallard pictured at Foxy Lodge with Daisy, a seven week old Roe deer. John and Tonia have reared from a few hours old after her mother was killed on the road. Because Daisy was well below her normal birth weight they suspect her mum gave birth to her prematurely just before she died. Daisy is now doing well. Picture: submitted

The large white goose was spotted by a dog walker at Caister, looking out of place on the breakwater rocks just metres from the sea.

Concerned for its welfare, the dog walker called Foxy Lodge wildlife rescue centre in Hemsby who swooped down to the sands to bring what turned to be a gander, to safety.

Foxy Lodge’s John Garner said: “We pretty much just walked up to him and picked him up. He’d almost given up the will. He was in a totally alien situation, he’d have been used to someone’s garden.”

John believes the lonely-looking gander had been dumped on the beach, and left to fend for himself on the sand for at least two days.

This tame, friendly mallard was found wandering in a garden in Filby. Picture: submittedThis tame, friendly mallard was found wandering in a garden in Filby. Picture: submitted

“He was looking dejected and obviously hungry because he was trying to eat the foam created by the tide on the sea,” he added.

The large bird was taken to the rescue centre and John and wife Tonia put him nto their garden but he ran and hid behind a water butt.

However, since his rescue last Friday he has come out of his shell and is now waddling happily around the garden with the couple’s other pet residents - and has taken a particular interest in a large white hen who he often lays next to.

John said: “The morning after we brought him back he was full of it and strutting around like the boss of the garden. We’ve got deer and foxes, 27 seagulls and 30-odd pigeons roaming around and he’s not causing them any problems.”

And the dumped goose is not the only bird in need of a new home, after John and Tonia took in a tame female mallard duck.

The mallard was taken io the centre by a woman from Filby after she had found it wandering in her back garden on Monday. It is believed to be a pet as well, as it too is tame and friendly.

John and Tonia are now keen to hear from anyone who can take in the goose, and maybe pair him up with a female companion, or anyone who may be missing a duck.

If you could give the goose a new home, or knows who the duck belongs to, call Foxy Lodge on 01493 384237. Volunteers are also needed to lend a hand at the rescue centre one morning a week. Call the centre for more details.

5 comments

  • Interesting, I made a comment on the quality of journalism and the fact this article is based on supposition plus a follow up Comment asking why the first had not appeared and neither comments have been posted to the article. Apparently there is freedom of speech every in the UK except Norfolk.

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    PDH

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • It probably came out of a garden or allotment because it had not had its wings clipped properly. Another bit of publicity for a hobby masquerading as an animal welfare organisation. And another Hemsby news feed? Which reporter is a resident?

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Slightly confused by this story and the headline. As I am a strong believer in the principle of innocent until proven guilty perhaps Archant could provide the evidence that the goose was deliberately abandoned, that it is a pet goose and that it was used to living in someone's garden. This article shows a lacking in principled journalism and a shallow attempt at sensationalism on a tragic but minor story based on supposition. Getting down to the depths of the daily mail.

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    PDH

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • blister, it's a domestic goose not a wild one!

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    Caistergirl

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • How do they know it was abandoned, it might just have been lost, geese are known for not being able to find their way around

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    blister

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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