Fairhope Duck Pond
You may recognize these “Lovebirds” while visiting our Duck Pond North of the municipal pier. They were known by many names depending on who you talked to.
But it was Carole Schneider who befriended the male goose over 10 years ago who formally named him “Garfield” and has been visiting nearly every day since – pictured here on her lap.
Garfield soon found his soulmate, later named “GG” for Garfield’s Girlfriend. As you may know, geese mate for life so they have been inseparable ever since.
When GG was injured recently, a valiant community effort took place between residents, Animal Control, Wildlife Solutions and Orange Beach Wildlife Center and Management Program, where she received excellent care. The lovebirds were separated for five long weeks and this has been a huge blow to Garfield who grieved as he had no idea what had happened and certainly GG as well who was in unfamiliar surroundings.
Sadly, her wound did not heal as we’d all hoped but since all treatment solutions have been exhausted, we all felt it was better to reunite Garfield and GG rather than keep them apart any longer. And that reunion happened today!
Among many friends, Garfield heard GG’s excited honking in her kennel. The door opened and GG once again set foot on familiar ground, her home. It was everything we all hoped for and more. To see our community come together in support of our feathered friends is a testament to the kindness of the people who call Fairhope home.
Although we all hoped GG would be completely healed in her absence, we rejoice in the fact that Garfield and GG will have some quality time together before the future shows us what lies ahead.
Here they are tonight secured in a shelter to protect GG from predators while she continues to heal. They will be taken out of the shelter during the day while it’s busy so please visit them while you enjoy your stroll around the Duck Pond.
Inspired by our caring citizens,
Mayor Karin Wilson
Garfield pictured here with Tracy Wilhelm, the Goose Whisperer! He is a teacher at Foley Elementary and has been volunteering his time for the health and welfare of our domestic geese for the last 8 years.