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Golden goose! Arrow falls out of Target’s neck — bird looks fine!

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Target, the wounded goose of Prospect Park, is a pincushion no more!

The badly wounded bird — the victim of a would-be assassin with a crossbow — was discovered on Saturday without the arrow through its neck that had stunned the entire city.

“He came out and ate right out of our hands — the flesh around the wound had begun to heal,” said park-goer Ed Bahlman, who had discovered the aptly named Target and the four-inch arrow protruding from its gizzard last week. “[But] you could still see right through the hole.”

Bahlman and park officials believe that the arrow fell out on its own. During the numerous rescue attempts by the Urban Park Rangers, it became clear that the arrow was becoming looser and had not struck any vital parts, given the goose’s surprising ability to fly and feed.

“My staff thought that [the arrow would fall out] when they got up close to the goose,” said Tupper Thomas, the administrator of Prospect Park.

A park official who did not wish to be quoted said that the arrow had penetrated a fatty portion of the goose’s neck, and that Target should heal just fine.

“It’s flying, eating and drinking — that’s all they want to do,” said the park worker.

He added that it is unlikely that the goose’s health is at risk.

“If [the goose] was infected, the other geese would have sensed it immediately and killed it — they’re nasty like that,” the park worker said.

The culprit behind this fowl play remains at large.

This stunning mystery is only the latest in a long line of bizarre incidents in Brooklyn’s most beloved park. First came the disgusting chicken heads and animal entrails. Then, injured ducks and dead animals began appearing along the lake’s edge.

More recently, John Boy, a beloved swan, died in a spate of alleged swan-on-swan violence. And just last month, Bahlman and his companion Anne-Katrin Titze discovered what appeared to be turtle traps set in the water.

Up to this point, Bahlman and Titze have been highly critical of Parks Department response to the bizarre happenings, but this time, Bahlman heralded the Rangers’ efforts.

“Without them trying to capture Target, I don’t think that arrow would have come loose,” he said.

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Militant Vegetarian from Park Slope says:
Is anybody interested in becoming a wildlife vigilante? This web page warns against posting threatening messages, but I don't see the "threat" in my proposal. Personally I would very gladly lie in wait for the cowardly, murdering lowlife [who does not deserve life] with a taste of his own medicine at the ready. I love animals and plants, and I rightly despise anybody who could be anything less than gentle and appreciative toward them. Let us join together and stop this horror, since nobody else cares enough to try!
June 21, 2010, 4:35 pm
Jen Jie from South Slope says:
Militant Vegetarian, I applaud you. You should contact the reporter and get the emails for Anne and Ed. They are at the park almost everyday and doing their best to watch out for injured wildlife. They need more volunteers like you. I'm relieved this one lucky goose is OK, but it's outrageous there are people who could do this (and worse) to helpless animals.
June 22, 2010, 10:01 am
Michele from Kensington says:
It seems as if vigilantes are needed in Propect Park because the Park Administrators are not motivated re: care of environment and wild inhabitants. When I see what humans do to animals as well as entire ecosystems I'm ashamed to be a member of the species. No other animal is as destructive or twisted. I wish this wasn't true; it's such a bummer. I couldn't take another summer of watching the park get trashed so I ran away but the Park was the single most important part of my life in Brooklyn. It's hard to understand why more people aren't more militant about protecting this little piece of paradise and the wild ones who live there. And why aren't more people screaming about the obscentity they're calling "Lakeside" and spending $60million to build as well as Breeze Hill which is now being turned into a parking lot right at the heart of the Park. It's a shame.
June 22, 2010, 11:26 am

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