NIXA, Mo. -- An apparently widowed goose has incorporated Nixa's Dollar General into its grieving process. The female Canada goose (also known as a "Candadian goose") has become a lone fixture at the store off Highway 160 for the past six weeks.
Ruby Sims. an employee of the Dollar General store at Highway 160 and Tracker Road, says the goose she calls "Gussie" meets her at her car every morning when she arrives at work. Gussie, separated from her flock, then stays around the Dollar General parking lot all day, taking donations of bread and water from whomever offers.
Canada geese are family-oriented, mate for life, and are renowned for their remarkable mourning process that often accompanies the loss of their mate. That process can include sequestering itself from the flock, weight loss, and signs of submission to other geese for several weeks following its mate’s death.
These birds usually accept new mates, often with other previously paired birds, but the triumph ceremonies of these new relationships are less vigorous than triumph ceremonies of first-time mated pairs.