Goose Family Swims Along With Two Dads


Friday, June 18th 2010, 4:21 pm
By: News On 6


Chris Howell, NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- Mary Ann Prall of Tulsa feeds the birds at the neighborhood pond.

"They call me the Duck lady. I feed, take care of them," she said.

The pond has ducks, and a large flock of Canadian geese that come and go. And then there are the three geese that live on the island year round. A male and a female domesticated goose, and an male African goose. That's a cozy arrangement.

"There's never been any baby geese that I know of here unless they were dumped here. But these were born on the island.  And that was four weeks Monday," said Ms. Prall.

Yes, you heard right, this family with two dads had babies!

"Their parents were dumped here last summer, and we have a mother and we have two males that both think that they are the father," said Mary Ann, "They do not let any of the Canadians get near, they try not to anyway.  They protect them all the time.  Whether they're in the pond or the grass, they protect."

And although the neighborhood is thrilled with this new family, Mary Ann knows the truth.

"The male that is the father is the African goose, not the white one. That's easy to tell."