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Honk
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Fox damage

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I didn't really know how to title this and I'm just canvassing opinion really. I heard the geese in distress this Saturday just gone and rushed out to find a fox with it's mouth around one of the gander's head. It was young and smalliwh fortunately and took off as soon as it saw me. I assume they'd been wrestling for a little while as both wings were bloody but only from his newly emerging quills being pulled out. One of his eye's was half shut (though seemingly undamaged) and his head's got a definite asymmetry to it. He was in quite some shock and after an initial check, I let him be and went to work out how the fox had gotten in. I've been locking them up at night since though it happened at 10 in the morning.

It's now four days later and he seems back to his old self. Understandably no-one's straying far from the pond but other than that he's preening, eating, making his presence felt etc. However, though I think it's slightly better and his eye is not as closed, I've a feeling perhaps his skull's been damaged. He probably shakes his head more than usual but he's showing no signs of discomfort. I really don't want to drag him to the vet if they're just going to tell me there's not a lot they can do but realistically, what could they do do you think?

The reason it got him is because he's got angel wing and the others can fly. They gander's beat the absolute daylights out of one another in spring and I'm a bit disappointed they weren't able to fend off this little Herbert. He's the last one left of my rescued geese and I can't tell you how guilty I feel for not keeping him safe.
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Re: Fox damage

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aww poor goosey! He sounds tough though! I'm not sure what a vet would do and if he's gone 4 days without sepsis then he may be ok. They are so vulnerable in moult. I probably wouldnt bother with the vet unless he has issues with something that affect his welfare :)
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Re: Fox damage

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Thanks DDO.
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