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Bird is the Word employee helps injured goose

Bird Is The Word employee Jenny Rychter (right), helps veterinarian Scott McDonald (left) remove a fishing line from the leg of a goose in front of the Batavia store last month.
Bird Is The Word employee Jenny Rychter (right), helps veterinarian Scott McDonald (left) remove a fishing line from the leg of a goose in front of the Batavia store last month.

BATAVIA – Thanks in part to Bird is the Word employee Jenny Rychter, an injured Canada goose no longer is nursing a sore leg.

Rychter and veterinarian Scott McDonald, who owns a bird practice, late last month successfully removed a fishing line that was embedded under the skin of a goose and constricting one of the goose’s legs.

Rychter said the goose hangs out near the store, which is near the Fox River in downtown Batavia.

“It was wrapped all around its leg, and it was there for so long that skin had grown over it,” Rychter said.

One of her first challenges, however, was catching the goose so they could treat it.

“I tried for quite a few hours,” Rychter said. “I even jumped into the Fox River to try to catch it.”

Rychter said she finally was able to catch the goose by trapping it against a wall with a large blanket. After the fishing line was removed, Rychter and McDonald released the goose, and the goose joined her mate and their three goslings.

“She was instantly walking better right after the fishing line was removed,” Rychter said. “She seems to be walking at a normal pace now. She has barely a limp left to her walk.”

But the goose still is hesitant about Rychter getting close to it.

“If I go near her, she hisses at me,” Rychter said. “But that’s OK. I felt really good I was able to help.”

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