Police are working with the local RSPCA from Hertforshire, England to investigate the apparent drive-by shooting of an 11-year old gander in the tiny village of Sandon Friday. The goose, a regular fixture at the local pond was killed by an unknown gunman who reportedly fired from a 4 x 4 vehicle while traveling down Rushden Road. However, local police say they will have to exhume the body before anything can be confirmed. The bird has reportedly been buried by the pond, while flowers have been placed inside a nearby phone booth.
According to the Hertfordshire Mercury (newspaper), several of the village’s 200 residents have also left sympathy notes, including one written by a child which read, “To dear old Mr Goose. I will miss seeing you. My mum said when you put your tongue out and [made] that hiss, it was coz you loved the duks and your home. I liked that you was brave to help wot you love and helped the duks cross the road. don’t wurry me and my friends will look after them for you now.”
The bird, said to have been a fixture of local life since it was hatched, and is featured on the parish council’s website. Sandon is a civil parish in the North Hertfordshire district, located near the towns of Baldock and Buntingford. Aside from its goose, the village is best known as a stop along the Icknield Way Path which passes through the village on its 110 mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The Icknield Way Trail, used by walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists also passes through the village.