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Goose injured by fishing line rescued by Nebraska Humane Society

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 19:24:29-05

A goose that injured its foot after becoming entangled in discarded fishing line was finally captured Friday by animal control officers who had been trying to rescue the animal for about a week and half.

According to Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society, the fishing line had wound itself around the goose's right leg so tightly, it "essentially cut off the goose's foot, which was left dangling.

The foot was successfully removed, and the goose — nicknamed "Pebbles" after he was lured to rescuers with Fruity Pebbles cereal — was doing well, Wiese said Friday evening.

NHS Field Supervisor Kelli Brown said she hopes Pebbles will be able to get around on what remains of its leg.

"She was certainly mobile when we were trying to catch her," Brown said in a press release.

The goose is still able to fly and believed to be in good health otherwise, the release states, though the injury will render the animal more susceptible to predators.

"NHS and (Nebraska) Wildlife Rehab want to remind all fishermen to take discarded fishing line back home and to retrieve snagged lines whenever possible to avoid injury to wildlife, like Pebbles, who share our lakes and ponds," Wiese said in the release.