Magpie goose gosling killed in alleged animal cruelty incident in Far North Queensland

Investigations are underway after a younger magpie goose was discovered lifeless after apparently being burnt, and two others dumped in a yard with their legs cable-tied collectively.

The 2 surviving birds have been taken into care by the proprietor and founding father of Wild Girl Wildlife Rescue on Queensland’s Cassowary Coast, Heather Bridges.

Ms Bridges mentioned one of many birds was unlikely to outlive.

“It is despicable … they’re essentially the most lovely birds. I can not perceive how anybody might do it,” she mentioned.

Ms Bridges mentioned she obtained a report of an injured chook within the early hours of Sunday morning in Tully Heads and when the gosling, now named Winter, was introduced in she realised its legs had been tied along with zip-ties.

The person who reported it instructed her he had discovered two birds on his garden.

She mentioned later that day one other sibling, named Summer time, who had additionally been cable-tied, was introduced in by a member of the general public.

“I imagine somebody’s dumped them there, simply tortured them just about and dumped them.”

Two goslings have been discovered with their legs cable-tied collectively, a 3rd was already lifeless.(

Provided: Wild Girl Wildlife Rescue


The birds have been recognized as native magpie geese and estimated to be round three weeks previous.

Ms Bridges mentioned they’d nonetheless have been with a guardian.

“I haven’t got a clue what occurred to Mum and Dad … I have been out trying … and there is no signal of Mum and Dad in any respect.”

Ms Bridges mentioned it made her fear about what could have occurred to the birds’ dad and mom.

“I fear that there’s somebody on the market who would try this,” she mentioned.

Of the 2 birds in Ms Bridges’ care, she mentioned Winter was doing properly however Summer time had not proven many optimistic indicators.

“She’s misplaced just about all motion in a single facet of her physique,” she mentioned.

“She is on remedy and I am doing physio together with her, however I do not assume she’s going to outlive.”

Two young magpie geese, with fluffy, grey feathers stand and sit in a wildlife carrier
Two goslings, named Summer time and Winter, are in care.(

Provided: Wild Girl Wildlife Rescue


Ms Bridges mentioned if the gosling’s situation didn’t enhance the choice could also be made to euthanase.

“She will be able to’t transfer, she’s struggling to eat, I am having to maneuver her round and assist her swim,” she mentioned.

She mentioned she believed the harm was a results of cruelty.

The RSPCA confirmed that they had obtained a report of the incident and an inspector could be trying into it quickly.

A small bird with grey, fluffy feathers stands in a seed tray
Heather Bridges says one gosling is recovering properly, whereas the opposite could should be euthanased.(

Provided: Wild Girl Wildlife Rescue


A spokesman for the Division of Atmosphere and Science mentioned members of the general public have been inspired to report injured animals or incidents of animal hurt to the Division of Atmosphere and Science by calling 1300 130 372.

Ms Bridges additionally mentioned if an animal was inflicting points in somebody’s life, she would relatively somebody strategy her for assist relatively than harming the animal.

“I might a lot relatively relocate [the bird] than have them be a drama for somebody to the purpose the place they really feel they’ve to harm them,” she mentioned.

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