“Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Md., was struck in the head Thursday by a dead Canada goose that plunged from the sky after a fellow waterfowl hunter fired a blind shot on a flock overhead, npr.org reports. Some might chalk it up to bad luck; others, to karma. Let’s take a closer look at what happened . . .
Meilhammer was in the midst of a hunting party with three friends in Easton, Md.
The goose fell about 90 feet, knocking the hunter out instantly and causing head and facial injuries. When Meilhammer came to, he was coherent but “hazy,” according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Wow, come at me bro. I mean did he even see the bird coming at him? Was he just staring into the sky? Why, why, why? I have so many questions.
Natural Resources police officers and EMS responders transported Meilhammer via ambulance to the Easton Airport, where he was airlifted to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
This goose is a serious criminal and I’m glad he is off the streets or, in this case, airways.
Talbot County EMS responders called his head injury “severe.” The dead bird also knocked out two of Meilhammer’s teeth.
Dude, seriously were you just staring at the goose as he landed on your grill? You could’ve turned away.
Thousands of Canada geese in the United States migrate south each year, filling the sky with long, V-formations. Adult Canada geese weigh about 12 to 14 pounds, and can have a wing span reaching nearly 6 feet. The “honkers,” as the bird are called for their noisy calls, are found in every contiguous U.S. state.
Twelve to 14 lbs. of feathers is falling from the sky, presumably straight at you, what do you do? Not what this guy did.
Meilhammer is in stable condition.
I’m grateful the guy didn’t die as a result of the goose assault. Otherwise poking fun at him for not protecting his face as the feathery football fell on his face would be so, so wrong.