To all who expressed interest in Henry David, the goose…
I talked with the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital a little while ago and was told that Henry David, the goose, didn’t make it. They said that he was very emaciated when he arrived, indicating that he had been ill for some time. The woman explained that wild geese will mask their weakness for a long time, because to show weakness would make them appear vulnerable. She said that they had been caring for him …. he was in a warm incubator, but that he died during the night.
Thank you to the people at the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital and Animal Rescue Services for their generous efforts to help.~
As with feelings…
happiness and sadness
courage and fear
hope and grief
….so it also is with life…
may we cherish each other dearly, throughout the moments we are “here”
Added the next morning as I ponder options and choices:
As I think about the situation… the goose really wasn’t “safe” from predators…I’m sure geese feel that people are predators, which of course, we have the potential to be. And as I think more about it, he probably experienced tremendous stress and fear in the process of people trying to help: me trying to get him away from the pool area, being wrapped in a blanket, transported in a truck, being treated inside a rescue facility etc… it’s a bit of a moral/ethical dilemma as I think about it… leave injured wildlife alone doing as well as they can? or take them for help? I guess if they live and can be released, the capture is potentially positive. If not, there’s been a lot of fear and stress for the animal before it dies. Another of life’s questions/choices that may not have a clear answer.