"Goose" Not Killed In A Drive-By Shooting

Heart can bring you an update on a story that's gripped a village near Royston for a fortnight; the mysterious death of a popular goose - who made its home in an old telephone box.

The goose, which was named by locals in Sandon as.. "Goose", died two weeks ago, but no-one knew how.

Suspicions began to grow and complaints were made to police after rumours it had been killed in a drive-by shooting.

The body of "Goose" was exhumed and sent to the Royal Veterinary College for expert analysis.

In a statement released to Heart, the RVC spokesman said:

A full forensic post mortem examination including CT scan (computed tomography) was performed on "Goose" by veterinary pathologists at the Royal Veterinary College on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

There was no evidence that the bird had been killed by ballistic trauma (shooting). No bony fractures or significant soft tissue trauma were detected.

There was a single superficial puncture wound to the left eye. This kind of lesion is commonly encountered following post mortem predation by wild birds.

The precise cause of death of "Goose" is currently unclear and investigations continue."

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