“He misses his wife.”
Many visitors visit the CF Shops at Don Mills in Toronto, Canada, for a day of shopping. They’ve recently become a site of remembrance for one lonely goose whose companion will never return.
The female goose was recently hit by a car nearby, and her mate has come every day since to wait on the shops’ rooftop, expecting to see his love again. For weeks, customers’ hearts have been crushed by these recurrent sightings.
“He seems extremely unhappy,” said Global News shopper Colin Tobias. “And he clearly misses his wife.” He’s moving about, curious, looking.”
The widower has been sighted on several roofs surrounding the shopping area, including by adjacent LCBO personnel who remarked the goose’s solemn demeanor.
“He lost his own partner, and as a result, he is upset and sorrowful,” LCBO staffer Sayad Rasulnezhad told Global News. “I actually cried.”
This heartbroken goose occasionally takes breaks to wander for food. At times, disappearing for a couple of hours only to return, and wait, again.
Wildlife experts say geese typically mate for life, making this sighting even more tragic. Shoppers and staff are hoping that after the goose finishes this period of mourning, he’ll find someone else in the area to love.
“I think he should be looking for a mate, and we should be helping him,” Tobias said.
With a little more patience and hope, the goose will soon find a new partner and return to the wild.