Animal News

UPDATE! Goose with Arrow

Arrow Goose-Update1

Update on “Steve” the goose: The goose did very well in rehabilitation at AWARE. His injuries healed faster than expected. He is extremely smart and observant and realized that we were trying to help him. He was finally released back to his native habitat with lots of fanfare from the other geese!

Goose with Arrow

Marjan Arrow Goose Rescue Arrow Goose-Close Up

AWARE has finally captured the goose with an arrow through its head. What a wild goose chase! Special thanks to 3 of our amazing volunteers (Erin, Adam and Xandra) and Wildlife Care Supervisor Marjan. The goose–nicknamed Steve by area residents–was originally spotted in mid-April walking with its flock and the 2-foot-long arrow through its head. It has taken more than 2 months to rescue the bird, which can fly. We are particularly thankful for the GA Department of Natural Resources, Cobb County Animal Control, other Cobb County law enforcement agencies, and the numerous Kennesaw residents that attempted to rescue this goose. The goose is very dehydrated, has lost a lot of weight, and is covered in lice. Early this evening, the goose underwent surgery and the arrow was successfully removed with minimal complications. It is recovering quietly and receiving supportive care for its injuries. If the goose survives the next 72 hours, it will probably be several weeks before it can be released.

Goose Arrow Removed

Turtle Egg Rescue

Softshell Turtle Eggs

When AWARE is asked to perform a rescue, typically it is for an animal. In this case, someone contacted us in June 2014 about rescuing unhatched turtle eggs. They were softshell turtle eggs and the eggs were located at a site in Cumming that was about to be bulldozed within days for a construction project. Softshell turtles are not endangered in Georgia. They do, however, attract a lot of attention with their unusually flat bodies, snorkel-like nose, and feathery bodies.

We were very cautious about disturbing native wildlife in its natural habitat and worried about the ability of the eggs to survive until hatch in a captive setting. Before we did anything, AWARE consulted a Georgia turtle expert who also consults with the GA Department of Natural Resources. Luckily, we didn’t have to worry about the eggs going anywhere like we do other animals. The expert suggested it would be a worthwhile effort to rescue and hatch the eggs. Thanks to a courageous AWARE volunteer who had to brave an environment with–well actually there were no treacherous obstacles other than dirt–the eggs are in our safekeeping until hatch and release. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they do well!

Goose with Fishing Line


This goose came to AWARE in March 2014. Rescuers noticed it had fishing line wrapped around its mouth. After a few rescue attempts they were able to catch her. On physical examination, the goose had multiple layers of fishing line wrapped around it’s tongue and lower jaw. She did not have any other obvious injuries but she was extremely thin and was about 1/3 of the weight of a normal goose. We suspect that she was not able to get enough food. After more than 2 months of supportive care, the goose put all the necessary weight back on. She was finally released back to the wild on March 7, 2014.