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Gentle Goose Rescued & Returned to Pond: Witnesses Can’t Believe Their Eyes

Gentle Goose Rescued & Returned to Pond: Witnesses Can’t Believe Their Eyes

Written by John Fry (Oregon, USA)

On a hot summer day, as my wife and I pulled into a local dog park, we spotted a big white goose far from the pond where the geese usually hang out. One person was allowing his dog to harass the goose.

I put a stop to that and approached the goose, warily, as I know they can be cantankerous. This bird was exhausted and, we soon found, thirsty. We both had water bottles with us. I turned mine upside down and the goose drank from it.

We started walking toward the pond, luring the goose along with our water bottles. It was obvious that the walk was going to be too long so I thought I would try to carry him. I got behind him, put my arms around him and lifted, not knowing if a pecking was coming. The goose wasn’t bothered a bit. So we walked along with his neck and feet sticking out in front. We must have been a funny sight. Many passing cars slowed or stopped.

As we approached the pond the goose gave one honk and all the geese in the pond came to greet us. I put him down, and he joined the crowd. Every time I walk or bike past this pond I wonder which goose is “mine,” but they all look alike.

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5:06AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Mr.John Fry thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving this goose.You are a compassionate human being and what you did was a wonderful example of a humane human.May there be many more like you that will rescue an animal when needed and stop acts of cruelty. This makes me worry about that evil mans dog and what he does to it.

4:05PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:00PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


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4:37PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

My heart lifts each time I read a story like this. More and more people are coming to realize the value of each life, whether human or animal. God sees every sparrow that falls. Surely He saw your rescue.

7:20PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thanks for doing the right thing. I would never let my dogs harass another animal for their safety as well a the other's.

10:18PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

I can't stand irresponsible dog-owners!

1:49PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

SHAME on that person who was allowing his dog to harass the goose!!! YAY for the good samaritans who rescued that poor harassed goose!

11:40AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Ahhhhh, what a sweet story. Made my day. Thanks for sharing and coming to the goose's aid.

6:58AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

The more I see & hear I think dogs are really unpleasant, both ends being unpleasant & dangerous & so irritatingly loud with their stupid unnecessary barking.

Glad there are good people who save animals when they need it.

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