Geese Dumped at County Landfill
ksl channel 5 story http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=150884
January 15th, 2006 @ 9:39pm
John Hollenhorst reporting
As you can imagine, people dump all sorts of strange stuff at the county landfill. But what happens when they dump something out there that's alive and can bite you?
OK, it wasn't an alligator or a rabid dog. In fact, the animals we met at the landfill seemed sweet at first. We thought of naming them Goosey-Goosey and Gander, until they revealed their true nature.
That's right, geese.
At the county landfill.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Come on. Come on. Let's get some wheat."
The workers here more or less adopted the birds three months ago after a customer dumped four of them.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "He never said a word. Just dropped them off and drove away."
Another customer took two geese home for pets.
Tim Edinger thought of calling the remaining two George and Ginger. But he wasn't sure of their orientation.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker:"Can you tell me if they're male or female?"
John Hollenhorst: "Have you seen them doing anything that might give us a clue?"
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "No! Hah, hah."
Other dump customers dropped off wheat for them to eat. But they have a tendency to bite the hand that feeds them.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Ouch! Quit it now. Be nice to me."
Sure, they look cute. But wait till you really get to know them. Maybe they should be called Ginger and Snap. One of them is always snapping at somebody.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Ouch. This is, owww! Geeahh! Quit it now! This one's really getting mad at me."
Maybe the names should be Grumpy and Grouchy. They seem especially snippy with reporters.
John Hollenhorst: "Holy mackerel, get away!"
You've heard the expression, 'meaner than a junkyard dog?' Junkyard geese aren't so nice either.
Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "We're looking, you know, if somebody wants to give them a home, take these other two home, they're sure welcome to them."
We think one of them is actually sort of nice. The other one did most of the attacking. But landfill officials don't encourage dropping off animals. In fact, legally, they say it's "a huge No No".
They probably feel even stronger about it, now that they've met Grouchy and Grumpy.