For one to serve in the force for many years, there are bound to be some unforgettable moments. However, here’s an incident involving a pecking goose that knew to appeal to the police for help.
James Givens, a police officer with the Cincinnati Police Department for over 25 years, was in his patrol car in a parking lot in May 2016 when a goose approached him, obviously trying to get his attention.
Recalling the situation to The Dodo, Givens said, “This goose came up and started pecking on the side of the car. I threw some food out for her, but she didn’t take it. She just kept pecking and quacking. Then she walked away, stopped and looked back. Then came over again and pecked some more.”
The goose walked away again and looked back, so Givens decided to follow her.
“She led me about 100 yards away to this grassy area near a creek. That’s when I saw one of her babies all tangled up in some string from a balloon. His little feet were kicking. She led me straight to him,” Givens said.
Afraid that the goose might attack him if he tried to step in, he decided to call SPCA first, but no rescuers were available.
However, his colleague, Officer Cecilia Charron, heard his radio call and came over.
“She showed up on her own. I told her to be careful, but she just walked over and untangled the baby. The mother goose just watched, like she knew. It was amazing,” Givens said.
Once the gosling was untangled, he joined his mom and swam away while the two officers looked on. Charron then teared up and told Givens this was the highlight of her 24 years in the police force.
“It seems like something made up. It was just incredible. I honestly don’t know why I decided to follow her, but I did. It makes me wonder—do they know to turn to humans when they need help?” Givens said.
“I don’t know what it all means but I hope it might inspire more compassion in other people,” he added.