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Goose Takes Gander at Store's Windows

Posted April 27, 2007

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— A goose has been strutting so much outside a Cary department store that managers covered up windows so it couldn't admire itself.

The goose apparently is attracted to its reflection in the glass doors and windows at Hudson Belk at Cary Towne Center. So Belk posted placards on the bottom of its entrance doors with notes to shoppers that it was trying to discourage the goose from sticking around.

"He was kind of strutting himself around, flapping his wings, kind of dancing a little bit, thinking he was GQ or something," assistant store manager Herb Eckerlin said. "When you'd open the door, he's come into the building."

But a week after the windows were covered, the goose refuses to budge. It turns out there's pretty good reason to stay.

In a nearby bush, another goose is sitting on five eggs.

"He's protecting his spouse," shopper Mary Crampton said.

"He seems to be handling all the people very well," shopper Joyce Berbach said.

Belk managers contacted Wake County Animal Control, and officers estimated the eggs would hatch May 5. The geese likely will wander off after that, authorities said.

"We're waiting for the eggs to be hatched," Eckerlin said.


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  • FE Apr 29, 2007

    I like the comment about "Narcissus" as the name. Of course, "John Edwards Wannabe" is a very close second, especially with all of the preening occurring. In the meantime, he can just lurk around and figure out how to sue the Belks folks for any mishaps to shoppers that may occur. And there's always the possibility the goose family is "poor" and "originally lived in South Carolina." Oh, the possibilities!!!

  • Damien Thorne Apr 28, 2007

    That is a Canadian Goose. Anybody check his immigration status?

  • ProudConservative2 Apr 28, 2007

    Oh, come on...Cary Town Center has been around for almost 30 years. Encroaching on the animal's turf? Let's get real.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Apr 28, 2007

    25% off all Duckhead pants (Cary Towne Center Belks only).

  • jetset Apr 28, 2007

    I have heard of the male goose chasing people if he thinks humans are getting too close to the female and her babies. So watch out....if the male comes at you with his head outstretched and down, he may peck you. Hehe...he would only be doing what he thinks is best to protect his family.

  • retired state trooper Apr 28, 2007

    You sure that duck isn't "JOHN EDWARDS" admiring that $400.00 haircut? LOL

    But on a serious note ... I agree with RACNFAN. We can't help but feel sorry for the animals who are constantly having to find other abode so that progress can prevail. We had a lot of wildlife in our back yard including deer, rabbits, squirrels, racoons, a huge gathering of birds, ducks, geese and even a coyote came into the yard once to eat some leftover buttered popcorn hulls we had put out for the deer. We miss the wildlife and plan to move further out into the country soon.

  • Ashen-Shugar Apr 28, 2007

    Just visited that goose, he's pretty cool. Just sits there and watches. Didn't look for the female but he didn't make any indication he was bothered by anyone and was happy to get some of the biscuit I had.

  • Trivr Apr 28, 2007

    What a funny story! I'm sure Belk's loves the attention too!

  • All child molesters should die Apr 28, 2007

    I know a lot of people like that! Hee hee!

    Sweet little goose!!!


  • Notinitforthemoney Apr 28, 2007

    whatever happen to having a shotgun and creating dinner