Abbotsford youths accused of ‘sickening’ goose attack identified

Wildlife News

A happy ending to a previously reported story.

May 7, 2013

By Rochelle Baker, Abbotsford Times

Abbotsford police have identified the three youths who attacked a nesting goose, leaving it bloodied and injured last week.

As a result, a conservation officer contacted the three teenage boys, two aged 16 and one 17, and their parents, said Const. Ian MacDonald, who described the attack as sickening.

Elizabeth Melnick, who runs the wildlife rescue centre, said Monday the bird continued to care for her eggs despite her injuries, and Sunday afternoon yielded a happy ending.

Some of the four eggs in the nest hatched, and the mall’s security team escorted the goose, her mate and their goslings by foot through traffic to Mill Lake, said Melnick.

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