Sweet Gilly the goose, a sanctuary resident for many years, was attacked by an unknown predator on Labor Day, Sep. 3, 2012. When found in the early morning hours, she was near dead, covered in blood and floating aimlessly in her pond. Immediately, we rushed her to the veterinary clinic where she spent the next three days in ICU. Gilly's attack resulted in what is termed a "de-gloving" injury. Generally, de-gloving injuries remove one layer of skin but in Gilly's case, every layer of skin was ripped off, leaving her entire neck muscle exposed. In that she had no skin left covering her neck programmed with DNA to re-grow skin and feathers, her only hope of surviving was to either grow skin and feathers up from her chest area or, grow skin and feathers down from her head. Not even the vets knew if this was possible but it was our only hope!
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