Tales of Mother Goose and pam­pered goslings

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Ap­par­ently the word is out. The dis­cern­ing ex­pec­tant Canada goose won’t hatch her goslings just any­where any­more. Only the hos­pi­tal will do.

Seems two fa­cil­i­ties have had parts of their em­ployee park­ing lots turned into fowl ma­ter­nity wards this spring.

A flock of geese have been wad­dling around the grounds of Woman’s Hos­pi­tal in Shenan­doah, La., for sev­eral years. But this year, one mama—who was soon dubbed “Mother Goose”— built her nest in the em­ployee park­ing lot. Staff mem­bers cor­doned off the area with yel­low tape and traf­fic cones and posted a bright pink sign that read “Do not dis­turb—Mother Goose” as she in­cu­bated her eggs.

And at Hun­ter­don Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Flem­ing­ton, N.J., a like-minded bird built a nest on a me­dian in the em­ployee park­ing lot. Her male com­pan­ion stood guard, hiss­ing and flap­ping his wings at any­one who got too close—prompt­ing the hos­pi­tal to close off about 50 park­ing spa­ces “due to nest­ing geese.”

Back in Louisiana, staff waited anx­iously for the baby geese to make their ap­pear­ance, with false sight­ings of­ten send­ing em­ploy­ees scram­bling to the park­ing lot. Then on Mother’s Day, of course—it hap­pened. A set of quadruplets made their de­but and spent the day get­ting their first swim­ming les­son with mom.

Mother Goose and her brood found a home in the em­ployee park­ing lot at Woman’s Hos­pi­tal.

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