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Video: Goose Gets a Little Silly at the Sam Simon Center

Written by Alisa Mullins | June 27, 2013

While responding to a call in Chesapeake, Virginia, a PETA fieldworker spotted a lone goose confined to a small, muddy pen with nothing but a little tub of filthy water to bathe in. An elderly woman had been trying to care for Butchy Boy, but he was more than she could manage. She leaped at the opportunity to give him a better life. 

Our fieldworker gently placed him in a roomy carrier and stopped by a grocery store, where she stocked up on greens and cracked corn for him. Back at PETA’s headquarters, the Sam Simon Center, Butchy Boy got a much-needed bath and honked with excitement when presented with not only edible goodies but also a pool of clean water to splash in.

After a few days spent recuperating at PETA’s shelter, Butchy Boy was transferred to a vegetarian farm that is also home to other animals PETA has rescued, including Sherlock the pig, potbellied pigs Pippi and Barb, and chickens Amanda and Little Daphna. Most importantly—at least as far as Butchy Boy is concerned—there is also a fetching female goose who quickly took a liking to him and vice versa.

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  • Jeanine says:

    Not all local authorities are going to respond post-haste on animal neglect,abuse issues as passionately as I feel towards the animal. I have recently been in a position to call the locals re: animal neglect in the neighborhood I live in, the animal being left out during thunderstorms, torrential rains, extreme heat in the 90′s with heat indexes of 100′s. The poor animal was barking intensely non-stop, day in and day out. I wish we had a local humane society group or PETA group in my area that could have stepped in sooner. As far as the goose in the picture – he’s cute. Glad he was rescued and is now happy as a jaybird.

  • Vikas Jain says:

    Only one way to make a batter world is Save animal save humanity. We feel pain, these animals also feels the same. We human love our children,these animals also do the same. The difference is we human are selfish, money minded, cheap, but these animals do not have these qualities.

  • Nancy Jenkins says:

    Great story . No matter how hard Rick Berman tries to discredit the likes of PETA, in our book, he’ll never succeed. Thanks for your work !

  • Renee says:

    Thanks for all of your hard work. I love this story and this goose!

  • Peter Docherty says:

    One of my neighbours could no longer care for 20 ducks he had, so he gave them to another neighbour who didn’t have the means to look after them. They were kept in a small pen of about 4 sq.m in the blistering heat, with no shade & no bath & only a small outlet to drink from. To make matters worse, they could see & hear a small stream that we have but could not reach it. Eventually, after pestering my neighbours for a few weeks to let me have them (& NOT to eat them), they agreed. They passed all 20 over the fence & now they are in their glory: good food & bathing facilities. They are lovely. Happy days !

  • Deby says:

    This is what PETA is all about!! Thank you to all who participate helping animals!!! God Bless every one of you!!!!

  • jill says:

    This goose belongs in the wild to begin with. He has no friends.

  • Jaime Perez says:

    What a happy goose Butchy Boy is now. I’m so glad you were there to help him out! God bless you good folks at PETA.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    nice goose.

  • Manel D says:

    This is one of those good work done by you all. Thanks.

  • Yahima says:

    Thank you, guys! You make the world a better place. God bless you!

  • Jill MORTIMER says:

    Great – every animal that needs some care or help is one more saved. thank you.

  • Gill says:

    Wonderful news,i loved this story and i got a lovely warm feeling to see all the animals including Butchy Boy having a good time,Bless you all.

  • JOANNE KELLY says:

    And thats how it should be

  • Nicholas says:

    Thanx for posting this. That field worker is a great human being. IT’s good for Butchy Boy that he’s safe and in a good home now.

  • bobbie lee brown says:

    Good save for a now happy goose

  • Mark says:

    That is certainly an inspirational story.

  • Tucker says:

    HAPPY DANCE TIME IN HONOR OF BUTCHY BOY GOOSE AND ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS AT THIS SAFE,HAPPY IN ENVIROMANT!!!! YOU ALL ARE SAFE!!!! HIP HIP HORRAY!!!! HAPPY DANCE TIME IN HONOR OF BUTCHY BOY GOOSE AND ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!

  • margo says:

    Why couldn’t the elderly woman just have let him go? I thought geese found each other in the wild.

  • Jon Hager says:

    I love to read stories like this. It makes me feel happy. I love animals so much. They are innocent in this world and only want to live a life that is secure from mistreatment from humans. Thank you PETA.