2 students charged in brutal attack on nesting geese

2 students charged in brutal attack on nesting geese

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2 students charged in brutal attack on nesting geese

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say two juvenile males have been charged in connection with the vandalism of school buses at a Charlotte charter school, as well as the brutal attack on a gaggle of nesting geese.

So far two male juveniles are charged with animal cruelty, and police say the boys may be facing additional charges.

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Surveillance footage captured a group of five middle school students throwing bricks through the windows of buses and the Kennedy Charter School building.

The footage also shows the students attacking a gaggle of nesting geese with bricks and two-by-fours. One Canada Goose, whose rescuers have dubbed "Wilma", was seriously injured in the attack as she attempted to protect her nest.

At 12:30 Thursday afternoon, NBC Charlotte learned Wilma passed away. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue reported Wilma never awoke after anesthesia was administered to undergo surgery on her foot at the Carolina Raptor Center.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue reports that Wilma had been passing blood and surgeons have worked to restore her shattered bones. An official with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue tells NBC Charlotte every bone in Wilma's leg was broken in the attack. 

Wilma's mate was not found after the attack, and her nest and eggs were completely destroyed.

The two surviving geese are being cared for by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

As of Wednesday, three of the five students captured on surveillance have been identified, and as of Thursday, only two have been charged.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still investigating and say additional charges may be pending.

CMPD also says the boys on camera are students of a nearby middle school, not the charter school.

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