Arrow in goose

The sight was enough to make Laura Hampe do a double take and pull over: a goose with an arrow through him.

"I was going down Clemson Road and he was standing there like a car getting ready to pull out," Hampe said. "I looked and I thought that bird had an arrow in him!"

Hampe got out of her car to see the bird still walking around as if it was blissfully ignorant of its plight.

The arrow went into the bird's stomach on the right and all the way through the left side.

Hampe called the Department of Natural Resources and an animal rescue group.

They told her the best thing to do was to catch the goose herself, but a nearby flock made that a tall order.

"They act like they're leaving, but if you walk up to him they all come back," Hampe said.

Officials told Hampe the best way to catch the goose was to put something over his head, but the flock wouldn't let her get that close.

Hampe's conscience couldn't let her leave the punctured goose.

As the rest of the flock looked on, Hampe closed in.

"Come here birdie! I'm going to take you and get the arrow out of you if you let me," Hampe said as she stalked the bird, trying to corner it.

Clearly, the bird wasn't listening to reason as it waddled away defiantly.

At this point, Hampe had spent about an hour and a half trying to help. Already late for work, she made one last advance.

But it was all in vain.

Hampe watched with disappointment across her face as the goose flew way with the flock.

Despite being unable to catch the goose, Hampe was at least glad it could fly away without any trouble.

"They're probably off somewhere laughing at me," Hampe said of the flock.

Carolina Wildlife Care says the goose could live for a while, barring infection.

They say if you want to catch the goose, you'll need more than one person.

Anything short of that is a wild goose chase.