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Newfoundland man comes to aid of unlucky goose

Mayor John Strang owns Ryan the goose, who needed to be rescued from the ice in Lawn, N.L.   - Still from Alexa Ashford-Pretty video/Facebook
Mayor John Strang owns Ryan the goose, who needed to be rescued from the ice in Lawn, N.L. - Still from Alexa Ashford-Pretty video/Facebook
LAWN, N.L. —

It was not your typical ice rescue on Feb. 24 when a man from the Newfoundland and Labrador town of Lawn, on the Burin Peninsula, donned an immersion suit to save a goose.

Mayor John Strang, who owns the goose named Ryan, as well as three others, says the goose got into trouble when he laid down on the ice, and then froze to the ice.

Strang said he was travelling along the road when he noticed his goose on the ice.

“I started signing out to him but he wouldn’t get off the ice, I thought nothing of it, I just thought he was asleep.”

Later that day, when the Ryan still wasn’t moving, Brad Pretty, also of Lawn, suggested the animal might be stuck to the ice.

So he donned an immersion suit to go to the rescue.

Strang explained, “He had to go through the water and get up on the ice . . . and chip him out of the ice.”

Once Brad and the goose were both safely off the ice, Strang took the goose back to his house. He kept him in his garage, where he had a wood fire going, to warm him up.

“He stayed in the garage for about four or five hours thawed out and now he’s back in the brook again.”

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