Last week, a good Samaritan was out for a stroll at Carr Park in Huntington Beach in California when he spotted a motionless goose with its feet pointed upwards. He spotted numerous prescription pills spread on the ground. The pills were suspected to be antidepressants, antianxiety and insomnia meds.

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

The good Samaritan called the authorities for help, believing that the goose had eaten some of the pills. Rescuers from the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center reached the scene soon after to collect the goose as well as another bird that was suspected to have had the pills.

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

“It’s hard to say whether they would have died without intervention, but that’s likely the case,” Lisa Peronne, wildlife manager for the rescue centre. “Their condition opened them up to secondary dangers, such as not being able to get away from predators.”

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

Fortunately for the birds, the rescuers had found them on time. Both birds were given IV fluids, after which their conditions stabilized. By Wednesday, both birds had made their way back to health, ready to be released back into the wild.

An investigation to find out who left the pills is underway. Thanks to the Samaritan, a major tragedy was avoided.

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