Posted on: July 20, 2016 at 11:18 am
Last updated: September 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Being a police officer, one is bound to see some strange things throughout their career. However, Officer James Givens, a Cincinnati police veteran of 26 years, may have had one of the most unique experiences of all.

One day, when Givens was sitting in his patrol car in a parking lot, a goose came up the cruiser and began desperately trying to get his attention.

According to Givens, the goose began pecking at the side of his car, and when he tried throwing her food and she wouldn’t take it, he knew something was up.


“It kept pecking and pecking…normally they don’t come near us,” Givens told CityNews. “Then it walked away and it stopped and looked back so I followed it.”

After following the goose for about 100 yards, Givens said that the goose had led him to one her babies that was trapped in balloon string.

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“It led me right over to the baby that was tangled up in all of that string,” Givens said.

Although Givens thought it was clear that the mother goose knew her baby needed help, he was still wary of approaching the wild animal’s child. He was worried that the goose, which are known to be protective of their young, would attack him.

That’s when he radioed the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for help. Although there were no wildlife workers immediately available, one of Given’s colleagues, Officer Cecilia Charron, heard the call and came to his assistance.

The video that Givens posted to YouTube shows what happened next. Charron spent several minutes untangling the gosling while Givens looked on. After the baby was untangled it immediately ran back to its mother who let out a loud “honk” which some YouTube commenters said resembled a “Thank You”.

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