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Corralitos woman rekindles friendship with goose

Published Saturday July 2

WATSONVILLE >> Cheryl Pettigrew called out to one hundred Canadian geese at Pinto Lake like a mom calling her children for dinner.

“Robbie, is that you?” Pettigrew said. “Come here goosey goose.”

From the middle of the gaggle, one goose stuck its neck up straight, began honking and ran over. To understand their connection, one first needs to know their history.

Robin disappeared more than a year ago, Pettigrew at one point feared the goose had been taken by coyotes or migrated elsewhere, until the 2 were reunited a 30 days ago at Pinto Lake, north of Watsonville.

“I was praying she’d come here,” Pettigrew said. “This is the only place I knew she’d be safe.”

Article length: About 480 words.
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