Welwyn goose divides opinion as several attacks reported

PUBLISHED: 13:35 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 12 June 2018

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A "beware of the geese" sign near Bridge Cottage Surgery in Welwyn. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A goose in Welwyn has ruffled some feathers after several reports of children and adults being attacked.

The angry bird – often seen patrolling near Bridge Cottage Surgery – has reportedly launched itself at several passersby, sparking some to share their experiences on social media.

Former councillor Sandra Kyriakides said: “It was being very aggressive to a lady and toddler and they were quite scared.

“People have been feeding ducks on the Mimram for decades and this is the first time we’ve had anything like this bird.”

Laurel Chilcot said: “A little boy of about two had been set on by one of the geese. That said, geese can be quite territorial like that.”

However, numerous residents also said approaching wild birds – particularly with children – is asking for trouble as they may feel threatened.

Resident Paul Wildish said: “They are actually wild animals and not part of a petting zoo, it is currently breeding season so naturally will be more aggressive and defensive so people should keep that in mind.

“I don’t see that anything needs ‘sorting out’ other than perhaps you should err on the side of caution.”

A borough council spokeswoman said they received a call about the goose, but the animals are not covered by any legislation under which it could take action.

It was confirmed that antisocial behaviour does not apply to birds.

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