Father and son go gaga over Gogo

The young goose strutted along the quiet Birżebbuġa street undaunted by the car behind it.

Four-and-a-half month old Gogo is only interested in its owner, Ivan Mizzi, who has had the goose since it was a little chick. The two have managed to create such a bond that the gander refuses to fly away.

“He’s with us all the time,” he said, as he looked across the road while Gogo went over to Mr Mizzi’s father, 75-year old John.

Many of those visiting St George’s Bay and Wied il-Buni in Birżebbuġa during the summer watched in wonderment as Gogo and its owner went for a swim.

“He loves the water and likes splashing away,” Mr Mizzi said, feeding the young bird some corn.

Gogo is probably the safest bird in Malta as the two men dismiss suggestions that they are feeding it in preparation for Christmas lunch.

“No way! He’s part of the family; our pet!” the younger Mizzi stressed.

“When I’m at work, Gogo stays in our large yard with our four rabbits or to keep my father company,” he said.

Photos: Frank AttardPhotos: Frank Attard

John Mizzi’s wife died some three months ago, and although the goose has not filled any void created by her passing away, he admits he provides some very good company.

He stroked Gogo under the chin and whispered something in its ear. The goose started nuzzling up to the couple as they squatted in the middle of the road. After a while it ruffled its feathers in the afternoon breeze and waddled off.


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