A Canadian Goose that had been roaming around in Cummings Park for close to a month with fishing line wrapped around its leg has suffered the inevitable and lost the limb, though the injury allowed Stamford Animal Care & Control Officers to finally catch it, authorities said this week.
"The leg fell off the bird," said director Laurie Hollywood. "[Officer Stendhal Jean-Louis] finally caught it and it was sent for treatment with antibiotics."
The goose was sent to the South Wilton Animal Hospital and then Wildlife in Crisis in Weston. It will be fed and housed with other injured water fowl and Hollywood celebrated the fact that the bird wouldn't have to be put down.
Officer Jean-Louis said the entire venture took him about an hour to complete and took some subterfuge to complete the mission.
"I had to take my uniform off and hide in a car because the goose knows me now," said Jean-Louis. "But as soon as I got out of the car he knew it was me and tried to flee. A woman who goes to the part everyday at 2 p.m. helped me and she trapped it from the front while I grabbed it from behind. He was lucky. He survived with one leg for a couple weeks."