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Wounded Winnipeg goose still eluding capture

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Winnipeg’s most famous wounded avian is still waddling onwards, four days after it was spotted with an arrow lodged in its neck.

On Wednesday morning, Norma Drosdowech and her granddaughter were admiring some wildlife on the Red River near her home just off River Road in St. Vital, when they realized that one of a pair of Canada geese looked a little… different.

"My granddaughter said, 'Oh, that goose has something odd,'" Drosdewech recalled. The pair pulled out binoculars to take a closer look – and realized the goose had a hunter’s arrow stuck right through its neck.

It’s a surreal but now-familiar sight: the bird made headlines after being spotted on Sunday afternoon by a Winnipegger out for a walk in Crescent Drive Park, across the river from Drosdowech’s home.

Drosdowech called a number of wildlife experts, hoping that someone might be able to bring the bird some help.

But for now, there’s not much goose-spotters can do: the goose is more spry than its injury might suggest, explained staff at the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre.

In fact, wildlife experts have been trying to catch the goose for days, but the bird can both swim and fly and has fled all attempts to catch it – a common feat for the famously slippery Canada geese.

If anyone is able to corral the goose, they are recommended to contact the Wildlife Haven. Fort Whyte Alive has also said they will take the bird, if it can be caught and brought in.

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