The story of Arnold and Amelie's two geese has moved the whole world. Arnold, in the veterinary clinic, was joined, as everyone remembers, by his partner Amelia, who went on an incredible journey to be close to her partner.
Now Arnold has recovered and has finally been discharged from the clinic, finding his companion Amelia. Cape Wildlife Center posted this beautiful video on Facebook with an update on the situation: "Arnold Update !!!
We are happy to report Arnold is making progress, and is stronger everyday. He received a veterinary check and bandage change this morning and his foot already looks much better. We suspect he will be up and waddling in no time .
His mate, named Amelia, remains close by and still visits the porch daily. We continued to do his treatments near the door and yesterday we managed to set up a temporary pen so they could share a meal. Arnold will remain inside our hospital while he finishes out his course of medications.
Once his wounds are healed he will spend some time in an outdoor pen while he re-acclimates and prepares for release. Until then, our veterinary team will be standing by to provide Arnold with the best care possible. You Can help give Arnold (and thousands of other patients) a second chance in the wild by donating to help provide his food, medications, and veterinary care the link below, Thank you!" Here is what happened (all documented on social media!) When Arnold came in the Cape Wildlife Center: "Through sickness and health ...
here is your feel good story of the day Today was a first for our hospital. We often have people ask if they can visit the patients they dropped off, but today we had our first animal visitor! For the safety of our patients we do not accommodate visitation requests, but in this case we had to make an exception!
This Canada goose, we refer to as Arnold, lives on a pond near our facility. He is part of a mated pair that have been together for several years. They are totally wild and usually keep to themselves when people are around, but yesterday our staff noticed that Arnold had developed a significant limp and was continuously falling over.
With some effort we were able to catch Arnold and bring him in for a veterinary exam, one of the "perks" of having a wildlife hospital in your backyard. Upon exam our veterinary team found that he had two open-fractures on his foot di lui.
This means that the tissue and skin has been pulled away leaving the bone exposed. Our best guess is that a Snapping turtle or other predator attacked him while swimming. In order to save the foot, and give him a chance at survival, we knew we had to perform surgery to amputate one of the digits and suture the other wound closed.
We gave Arnold antibiotics and pain medications and fasted him for surgery the next morning. Today, as we prepared to sedate Arnold and get him ready for surgery, we heard a faint tapping at the clinic door. We turned to see that his mate di lui 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. She remained there throughout the entire procedure, watching us work, never moving from the doorway. Thankfully the surgery went well and we expect the foot to heal with continued treatment and time.
Once Arnold woke from anesthesia and the wound was closed and bandaged, we decided to let him recover by the doorway so that he could see his mate di lui. We opened the door and gave Arnold his flow-by oxygen in the doorway.
His mate di lui immediately calmed down and began to groom him through the door. They both seemed much more at ease in each other's presence. Arnold will likely need several weeks of treatment in our hospital before he is ready to rejoin his mate di lui in the wild.
He will need to be kept inside for the majority of this time in order to keep his wound sterile and prevent infection. We will do our best to get him back out quickly and will perform bandage changes and treatments in view of the doorway when possible so that his mate can check up on him. "