‘Iconic’ geese to be memo­ri­al­ized

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY ROB ROBERTS

Two well-loved geese who were run down by a mo­torist will be memo­ri­al­ized Satur­day by lo­cal res­i­dents who see them as far more than just a cou­ple noisy birds.

The geese were among nine known for us­ing a cross­walk to get to their home on Sul­li­van’s Pond in down­town Dart­mouth, a fiercely in­de­pen­dent en­clave across the har­bour from Hal­i­fax’s core.

Three were hit by a mo­torist head­ing down­town at Wed­nes­day’s af­ter­noon rush hour, with one sur­viv­ing, po­lice said.

Katy Jean, a poet, artist and part-time restau­rant server whose home over­looks the pond, said Fri­day she was ex­pect­ing - and got - skep­ti­cal re­ac­tions to the idea of a memo­rial, to be held Satur­day evening.

But she said the geese are “al­most part of the ar­chi­tec­ture of the area” and prom­i­nent in lo­cal art and mem­o­ra­bilia.

A video of them slowly wad­dling across a ze­bra cross­ing, obliv­i­ous to wait­ing cars, has been fea­tured on Amer­i­can TV host Ellen DeGeneres’ “el­len­tube” web site.

Jean said the fa­mously grumpy birds serve al­most as a Grimms’ Fairy Tale for lo­cal chil­dren.

“You will see peo­ple walk about five feet around their ra­dius, but we still feed them and they are harm­less,” Jean - known for her Dart­mouth Haiku Twit­ter po­ems - said in an in­ter­view.

“I’ve never ac­tu­ally wit­nessed the mythol­ogy of a goose bit­ing some­one, although my par­ents lived on the pond 30-some years ago and one al­most bit my brother’s toe when he was an in­fant. But they def­i­nitely are Os­car the Grouch and peo­ple do ap­pre­ci­ate them.”

“They’re im­mor­tal­ized in mu­rals and paint­ings all around Dart­mouth, they’re a huge icon of Dart­mouth.”

CP PHOTO

Geese are seen near a vigil for two re­cently killed geese in Dart­mouth, N.S., in this re­cent hand­out photo.

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