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NC-based rescue group saves geese from CA drought

Volunteers from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue saving geese from drought in CA. (Source: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue) Volunteers from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue saving geese from drought in CA. (Source: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)
WOODLAND, CA (WBTV/KOVR) -

An Indian Trail-based rescue group is in California helping to rescue dozens of geese who have fallen victim to drought and predators.

Volunteers from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue flew to Woodland, CA Monday night to save nearly two-dozen geese that were abandoned on a dried up pond. What they ended up with was 52 birds.

Jennifer Gordon, along with her team of water fowl rescue volunteers, rallied the troops in Woodland.

"It's a big job and it's all we do," Gordon told KOVR.

Gordon says they heard about the plight of these domesticated geese abandoned on this drought stricken pond and felt obligated to save them. 

The geese have no survival skills and are too fat to fly. The group says the fowl were easy pickings for predators because of the situation.

"It's kind of where the term sitting duck came from," Gordon said. "We came around just to check around the perimeter and we saw a fox carrying one off."

Gordon and the volunteers teamed up with local volunteers and Woodland city workers to corral the geese.

"We put a lot of planning time into this so it would go well," Gordon said.

The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue group is working with a bird sanctuary in Bakersfield which has agreed to care for the birds.

Early Wednesday morning, the group posted on it's Facebook page the geese were all settled and "we have examined them all. One goose needs emergency veterinary care for a prolapse."

The group is working to raise additional funds to save that goose.

Copyright 2014 WBTV. KOVR contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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