Goose Appears At Wildlife Hospital To Check On Her Injured Mate

Geese get a little bit of a bad rap. They can kind of be a little cranky and mean. In fact, they’ve been known to hiss and chase humans that get a little too close for comfort.

However, amongst themselves, geese can actually be extremely caring. In fact, they mate for life – a bond that isn’t easily broken.

There is one bonded goose couple who showed off their commitment to one another when one of them showed up to the hospital to see their injured other half. When a Canadian goose named Arnold ended up in the hospital, it didn’t take long for his wife to show up, wanting to be let in to see him.

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Arnold and his partner are both local residents of a pond near the Cape Wildlife Center (CWC) in Barnstable, Massachusetts. The pair are well-known to the organization’s staff. However, they aren’t very friendly, preferring to shrink away from human interaction and keep to themselves.

However, when the staff noticed that Arnold had a limp in his walk and was injured, they knew that they had to help.

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Following what turned out to be a literal wild goose chase, they managed to capture Arnold and take him in for medical evaluation. That is when they learned that the goose had suffered two open fractures on his foot where the webbing of his skin had been ripped away and left the bones exposed. The horrific injury was most likely the result of an attack from an underwater predator. Still, the injuries were bad enough to warrant surgery to repair the damage.

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Posted by Cape Wildlife Center on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

But that wasn’t the only surprise that the facility’s staff would be experiencing. The next day, while they were getting Arnold ready for his surgery, the staff were surprised by a low tapping sound coming from the door. It was Arnold’s mate! Somehow, she had figured out where he was and she was determined to get inside to see him.

The Cape Wildlife Center shared in a Facebook post, “We turned to see that his mate had waddled up onto the porch and was attempting to break into our clinic. She had somehow located him and was agitated that she could not get inside.”

Arnold’s wife was not about to go anywhere. Even though she couldn’t get inside the building, she loyally stood her ground outside, watching the entire surgery from the window. Once Arnold had made it through his surgery, the staff put him to recover in a space that was close to his missus. She seemed to be very pleased by that. In fact, both geese looked to finally be relaxed and happy to be back in each other’s company.

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The center posted, “His mate immediately calmed down and began to groom him through the door. They both seemed much more at ease in each other’s presence.”

While he was expected to make a full recovery, it did take him a few weeks to fully heal. The staff eventually were able to return him back to the wild and back to his happy mate. And the two of them were able to live happily ever after together.

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