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Dead goose falling from sky knocks out hunter on Maryland's Eastern Shore

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Nellie Chapman | 05 February, 2018, 03:28

A goose that plunged from the sky knocked a Maryland hunter unconscious and sent him to the hospital.

Robert Meilhammer, of Crapo, Maryland, was hunting with three others for waterfowl when someone in the group fired on a flock of Canada geese overhead.

The shot connected with one of the birds, but unfortunately for the 51-year-old, the bird also connected with him. One that was shot in flight fell about 90 feet to the ground, hitting Meilhammer directly in the head, Natural Resources spokeswoman Candy Thomson said.

The stricken bird dropped from the sky and landed directly on top of Meilhammer.

Meilhammer's head injury has been described as "severe".

Canada Geese fly past the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

As a precaution, he was taken by ambulance to the Easton Airport and then flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to be treated for injuries to his head and face.

Canada geese can weigh about 12 pounds and have a wing span reaching up to six feet.

The Washington Post reports that when he came to, he knew who he was, but "little else", according to a Natural Resources police officer.