This article was so sickeningly (is that a word?) over-dramatic, especially at the end. I almost felt embarrassed for the author.
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Since the article was deemed news-worthy (for whatever reason), they should have explained why the organization didn't relocate the parents with the babies the 2nd time.
If you're going to report the story, might as well be thorough.
I laughed out loud when I read the part at the end:
"On this spring day, 88-year-old Norm Hurlburt of South Toledo stops by the post office where downy feathers flutter in Sally's otherwise empty nest. "I only came today to check on the geese," he said. "I saw them about a week ago and wanted to see how much the babies have grown."
When told what happened, he's visibly shaken.
"Oh, no," he said, tears in his voice. "Oh, my. I thought ... oh. I'm so sorry. So sorry."
People point across South Detroit to the pond, to a Canada goose wandering about.
It's Harry, they say. All alone ... and heartbroken."
It's a goose, people. They don't have human emotions.
Is it possible the author is trying to build up a portfolio in an attempt to get a job at the Onion?
I think the situation may not have been handled in the best possible way. However, I used Nature's Nursery once when I found a baby squirrel that had been lost/abandoned. These people do great work. The overly dramatic -- borderline ridiculous -- tone of the article isn't respectful of the help that Nature's Nursery has given.
It's a sad story.
I think everyone had the best intentions, but you can't always predict outcomes.
I've always loved geese, and I can see how people get attached to the ones they get familiar with.
The other part of the story that was completely over the top was the beginning:
"Just hours before Mother's Day, Sally was killed by a motorist near a South Toledo post office as the new mom searched for her family."
A new mom was killed on Mother's Day eve as she was looking for her family? That's tragic. Wait, the mom was a goose? Must have been a slow news day.
This article infuriates me more and more every time I read it. The subheadline says "Critics: Wildlife group's taking of goslings resulted in death of mom" but the only "critic" mentioned in the article is a some unknown postal worker who says they asked the goslings not be moved. Of course, Nature's Nursery only agreed to come out after the post office workers begged them to. Would they have rather had a bunch of squashed goslings in the parking lot? Give me a break.
You would think that they are professionals in some way but I guess I dont understand why they would separate a family, regardless of them being animals they breed and take care of their own, which is more than I can say for some people. It is a sad story. It just goes to show that we as humans have no compassion, this world is so screwed up nobody gives a s*** about anyone but themselves. Yes it is a goose that used to have a mate and children and now doesnt. I never understand why people dont stop for animals, but hell sometimes I see them not even stop for people. We are in such a hurry to get to our next place we dont give one ounce of consideration for others. The saddest part about all this is the remarks about this story. Go ahead be angry at me, but after you get done with your tongue lashing take a moment and take a good look at yourself.
Oh my god toledo, lighten up. I'm taking offense at the outrageous article written by this city's piece of crap newspaper. It is a sad situation overall but this morning it was the lead headline on the Blade's website. I think that's a little ridiculous.
A follow-up story on the fate of geese that the paper originally reported about a couple of weeks ago actually "offends" you?
How do you do with yo-momma-so-fat jokes?
A quick update on the goose saga: while at the counter at that post office, I heard one of the clerks telling a regular customer that, in her opinion, the goose that was killed was neither Harry nor Sally. She said she was convinced that the depressed goose wandering around the premises was in fact Sally, based on her markings.
This a non story. They're fucking geese. There's millions of them, they shit everywhere. Thousands get blown out of the sky every year around here, a have a few friends that love to hunt them! I understand that folks get attached to animals but is this going to affect their daily lives for years to come? Doubtfully. Move on folks and worry about something that actually matters.