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WATCH: Egyptian goose rescued from cell tower in KZN


Nov 25, 2021

In what is called an “amazing stunt”, the Kloof and Highway SPCA based in KwaZulu-Natal rescued an Egyptian goose from a cell tower – which proved to be no small feat.

Saving an Egyptian goose from a cell tower

The rescue – which took four hours – saw the team call in help to rescue the bird who was clearly in distress.

After getting a call from a woman named Debi, the Kloof and Highway SPCA investigated the site when the goose was seen on top of the cellphone tower.

“When Field Officer, Eric Simamane arrived he could hear the distressed bird stuck all the way at the top of the tower and knew it would not be able to free itself,” the SPCA said on Facebook.

“Eric called the various numbers on the cellphone tower and was unable to reach anyone for assistance. Faced with a mammoth rescue, we were unsure of how to get to the Egyptian goose.”

The Kloof and Highway SPCA

Luckily, they received a call from Rescuetech Search and Rescue who asked if they could assist.

“Rescuetech arrived and after some phonecalls made by their team leader Daniel, someone came to unlock the tower so the rescue could begin.”

Three rescue officers climbed up inside the tower to eventually hoist the smallest member of their team over the top to rescue the goose.

“After four hours in the dark and rain, the Egyptian goose (who was exhausted and had minor injuries from its struggle) was brought down to safety and taken to the Kloof and Highway SPCA Clinic for treatment overnight.

The goose will continue its treatment before it is eventually released.

You can watch a video of the bird’s rescue down here:

About the Egyptian goose

It is said that the Egyptian goose is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians and appeared in much of their artwork.

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