Family of geese released into wild after rescue Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A family of geese, rescued from the roof of a Milwaukee warehouse on Tuesday, May 7th were released into the wild one day later.

The geese were released, along with three adopted goslings at the KK River near Lincoln -- near where they were found.

The move wasn't smooth, however. Some geese already living in the area didn't like the newcomers -- so the family was moved to the other side of the river.

The pair of adult Canada geese picked a heck of a spot for their nest -- the top of the Lincoln Warehouse, located at 2018 S. First Street in Milwaukee. FOX6 News found them up there Tuesday, but Dave Ingles actually found them weeks ago. He works for “Roof Restoration.” He said the five goslings just hatched on Monday. He worried about them being up on the roof.

"They would fall to their deaths if they fell that far,” he said.

Plus, the birds walked all over his roof coating. You could actually see the silver goop all over them. And that wasn’t the birds' only problem.

"There's really nothing to drink up here,” noted Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager with the Humane Society.

He showed up with a big net – and a friend, Crystal. Together, they carefully approached the geese on the roof. They backed the geese against a wall, so they would not fall off the roof. Then, they swooped in with their nets. They first captured the “mom” and “dad,” then scooped up the goslings. One of the babies tried to make a run for it, but didn’t get far.

Scott and Crystal put the babies in a black bag and took the geese back to the Humane Society to get cleaned up. The babies were individually bathed and showered, then placed in an incubator.

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