Cemetery Coupling: Deer Protects Goose Nesting in Graveyard (VIDEO)

Apr 8, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.
Bambi and Mother Goose have set up shop in a Buffalo, New York cemetery. (Photo: WRGZ.com)

Somewhere, playwright Neil Simon is smiling.

The oddest of couples has materialized at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York—a protective deer and a nesting goose.

For the past week, The Huffington Post reports, an antler-less male deer has been guarding an urn where a female Canadian goose is presiding over an unknown number of eggs.

A cemetery official said the deer typically stands broadside whenever a car or person gets too close to the nest and he usually delivers a mean stare until the potential aggressor moves on.

"People always want to turn it into a Disney story and in this case it's not far off," Gina Browning, director of the Erie County SPCA, said to Reuters.

If he plans on sticking around until the eggs hatch, the deer should ask for overtime pay—the gestation period for the Canadian goose is 31 days.

Because geese mate for life, officials believe that the female goose must have lost her male partner.