I just covered up the goslings for the night, and upon doing so, discovered that one has part of the back of its neck skin missing. It doesn't look like any other part has been punctured and there is no blood anywhere on it. It is a clear skinning. My guess is that either the neighbour's dog, a raven, or a fox ripped it through their wire enclosure. It just so happens that today is the only day I couldn't tend them as I usually do, by being out next to them all day except for meals, while I'm putting in a huge garden. Today I had some physical therapy and had to stay inside and rest, so I did. Sigh. It is an emden gosling 4-5 weeks old The wound is a chunk of skin missing that is about an inch along the length of the back of the neck, just below the head, and it looks like the shape of what would be expected if a mouth or a large beak grabbed and pulled (a nearly circular piece off) while the gosling was pulling the other way. Behaviour is completely normal: energetic, cheeping, running, eating and drinking with delight, eyes bright, no symptoms of anything else. The goslings are eating on pasture, no feed at all, and growing perfectly since we took the grain away two weeks ago. I haven't touched the wound because it is so clean, and I will need my partner's help (he's home in an hour). Can this bird be helped, or is this a done deal? I once had a rescued wild rabbit with the same situation (inflicted by my cat), only the rabbit was skinned on one whole side of its body. My mother tried to keep it alive, but it didn't live. Would skin grow over that spot? The rabbit may have had invisible injuries, and the gosling could have, too, of course. Since the other goslings are not bothering the wound now, I'm thinking that covering it up introduces greater potential for infection, whereas with it uncovered, it is less likely to infect. We had a surgical consultation with the head of surgery last year when our son nearly cut off his little toe, and he said that it is best to keep it uncovered if it isn't weeping/bleeding, and also to keep it clean, of course. So in this case, I'm thinking of rinsing it a few times each day and making sure it is dry, but leaving it alone otherwise. It is out of range of getting dunked when the gosling cleans its face. Any thoughts?