HESPERIA — Gustavo the goose is swimming free and enjoying life thanks to the efforts of a group of two-legged friends who responded to reports of the injured fowl.

After the injured goose was treated for having a fishing line tangled around its right foot last week, Hesperia Animal Shelter staff released Gustavo back to his home at Hesperia Lake Park.

Last week, a concerned resident alerted the shelter after noticing the injured goose at the lake. Three animal control officers responded, found Gustavo and made several rescue attempts over two days before capturing the animal and transporting it to the shelter.

Hesperia spokeswoman Rachel Molina told the Daily Press that Gustavo was treated by Hesperia Veterinary Services located next door to the animal shelter before he was cared for and released by the staff. She added that staff cares for wildlife occasionally, but not frequently.

“This is a great example of staff going the extra mile to care for an animal in need,” said Director of Development Services Michael Blay. “We are thankful that someone reached out to the shelter to request assistance for Gustavo.”

For more information about the Hesperia Animal Shelter, visit www.cityofhesperia.us/shelter.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.