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Goose freed after being shot with dart

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

After a goose was found walking around Lake Mayer with a metal dart through its neck, it was released back into the wild on Friday after being cared for. 

Officials said the goose is very lucky to be alive and back with its geese community after someone shot it with a dart, going straight through his neck.

The Coffee Wildlife Rescue group specializes in birds. They took the goose to the vet and a team removed this dart from its neck.

"We found that it was lodged to where you really couldn't pull it out so we had to cut the tip off and slide it out. Fortunately it didn't hit any arteries," said Roxanne Davis of Coffee Wildlife Rescue.

Officials with the Georgia Wildlife Association said it's a federal offense to harm geese but unfortunately they get a lot of cases like these.

"I don't know what it is about water birds; I guess they are easy targets because they tend to come up to people. Unfortunately not everyone is an animal lover," said Chet Powell with the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association.  

Powell said sometimes they are able to save these animals but it a takes a community. It all starts with someone willing to catch them. People had been trying to catch this goose for about a week but Karrie Bulski said she was not leaving the park without it. 

"There was a man feeding the geese with his daughter. He had loaf of bread so I roped him into helping us," said Bulski with One Love Animal Rescue.  

After some antibiotics and a little T.L.C., the goose was freed. It went right to its mate and went straight into the water. It was an emotional moment for some.
 
"Because you've taken it back to be with its family. Just like anybody that's back with their family," said Davis.  

Officials are still looking for the person who shot the goose, if you have any information contact the Department of Natural Resources.

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