The Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts, USA, recently learned of a sick goose. The wild goose, which lived in a pond near the center, could not walk properly because of an injured leg.
The staff named the goose Arnold and took it in for treatment. He needed minor surgery. But they weren’t the only ones worried about Arnold’s condition. It turned out he had a sweetheart they had been together for years.
“As we prepared to sedate Arnold and get him ready for surgery, we heard a faint tapping at the clinic door,” staff at the center wrote. “We turned to see that his mate had waddled up onto the porch and was attempting to break into our clinic! She had somehow located him …”
The worried goose watched the entire operation without leaving the door. She had to make sure her lover was okay, and (thanks to her support), everything went well. After the surgery, Arnold was placed closer to the door, and they constantly ” interacted” with their beloved through the glass.
“She remained there throughout the entire procedure, watching us work, never moving from the doorway,” staff wrote.“They both seemed much more at ease in each other’s presence,”
In a couple of weeks, when Arnold recovers, he will be released back into the wild. In the meantime – his beloved goose is constantly visiting him and he is happily on the mend!
“We will do our best to get him back out quickly and will perform bandage changes and treatments in view of the doorway when possible so that his mate can check up on him,” they wrote, adding: “Through sickness and health.”