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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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3:11PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:56PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Aw, thank you for saving the beautiful bird

10:50AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Great work and brave from risking a ouch pecking

11:07AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thanks for the story, it made me smile and made my day.

2:51PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Big kiss for you

12:28PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Nice story.

5:19AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Very sweet. Thanks.

12:35AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thank you!

6:24AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

You are wonderful John. We have known so many of these magnificent birds and they are totally fabulous!

5:37AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Thank you so much!

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