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Maryland hunter hospitalized after being struck in the head by a falling dead goose

A dead canadian goose injured a Maryland hunter Thursday when it fell from the sky and struck him in the head. (Getty images)

In a bizarre accident, a Maryland hunter was hospitalized yesterday after a dead goose fell from the sky and struck him in the head, knocking him unconscious.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Robert Meilhammer, aged 51, was hunting with friends near the Miles River when a flock of geese flew overhead. Multiple members of the party opened fire on the flock. Someone — it's not clear who — scored a hit on one of the geese, but the dead goose got in the final word as it careened towards earth, striking Meilhammer in the head, knocking him unconscious, and knocking out two of his teeth.

According to WSJ-TV, local police and EMS responded to the scene. First responders told the Washington Post that when Meilhammer came to, he knew who he was but "little else."  Accordingly, he was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment. He was listed in stable condition as of Friday morning.

Canadian geese weigh an average of about 12 pounds and are notoriously aggressive. About 100 people per year are injured in goose attacks, which primarily occur during nesting season in the spring, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Geese also frequently cause damage to aircraft due to their size.

This writer's perspective

The only good goose is a dead goose, and this one didn't even manage to accomplish becoming dead without being a jerk.

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