The goose that survived a fowl deed

THIS is the goose that survived a brutal shooting spree.

Seven of his flock and two ducks were killed when they were attacked with an air weapon on the banks of the River Calder, off Key Sike Lane in Todmorden.

But, even with an air pellet in his skull, this gander is still alive and honking.

He is currently being cared for at an animal sanctuary where he is said to be making good progress.

RSPCA officer Sally Ramsden rescued the bird after they were called to the riverbank following the shooting last week and took him to be checked over by a vet.

Because the pellet is not causing him any problems, the vet recommended they leave it in, rather than carry out an intrusive surgery to remove it.

She said the goose was lucky but the shooting had left its mark on the rest of the flock.

"I had a call from someone who lives near where it happened who goes to feed the geese three times a day," said Sally.

"She said the whole dynamic of the group has changed. They're spending a lot of time on the other side of the banks and they're very reluctant to come over to be fed."

The shooting is thought to have taken place between 11pm and midnight last Monday.

Two geese were found in the road, two were found on one side of the bridge and another three along with two ducks were discovered on the other side.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information that might help them find the culprit to get in touch.

Anyone who can help should call Special Constable Phillip Sanderson on 0845 6060606, CrimeStoppers on 0800 55111 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.