All Kerry Surman wanted to do was go for a nice bike ride. But when she came across a gaggle of Canadian geese, she never guessed her safety was at risk!
Surman was riding along the Trans Canada Trail in Ottawa on June 10 and saw a family flock crossing the road with their young goslings.
Miz Surman stopped and allowed the two adults to escort their young across the trail. Then another adult goose appeared on the path soon after. She thought the coast was clear and pedaled on but before she knew it, one of the adult geese swooped down and attacked her!
"I think, ‘They’re going to be protective but I’m just going to zip by because they’ve all gone by. But I misjudged how quickly I was going. They thought that I was threatening them and the goose attacked me as I was riding my bike. The last thing I remember is the wings came around my face, and I hear myself screaming and then I’m out.”
When Kerry came to, she was lying on the ground, her face swollen and her whole body in pain!
She managed to stand up and flag down Pastor Steve Wilkins who was passing nearby. Mr. Wilkins called 911 and waited with Surman for the ambulance to come.
Kerry spent 5 days in the hospital where she was treated for a concussion, facial lacerations, a fractured cheekbone, severe vertigo, and loose teeth!
We had no idea a goose could do such a thing!
But the hospital that treated Kerry says these attacks are more common than one might imagine!
Kerry says she’s not quite ready to get back on her bike just yet but when she does, she’ll be careful not to cross these nasty geese again!
[Image via CBC.]
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