July 28 2014 Latest news:
By Lucy Clapham
Friday, July 18, 2014
A new home is being sought for an unusual rescue pet after he was found struggling to survive on a beach.
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.
“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.