Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Goose Gains Admission to University

Photos of handsome Gugu on Weibo, posted by his owner.

A one-year-old goose in Shanghai, China went viral on Weibo after a university agreed to “admit” him. 

His owner, Wu, residing in the city's Songjiang district, had contacted Shanghai Maritime University  after hearing that they kept and reared goose  to let them know she could no longer take care of the waterfowl. 

She had written to the varsity two Fridays ago: “I am the owner of a pet goose. He is very handsome and has been with me for a year and a half, but I am moving to a new place. Can you take my goose? I am reluctant to cook it”. 

The tertiary institution was quick to respond, saying on social media on the same day that they would be happy to give Gugu a home. 

“We have decided to welcome Gugu to our big goose family”, the university had responded. “We hope Gugu will grow healthy and strong”. 

The gander’s new home is close to Dishui Lake, which is a protected zone that serves as a natural habitat for hosts of bird species and other wildlife. 

A former student from the university even created a mock “admission” letter to the goose:

Image credit: The Star Online, August 15, 2018

And when Wu penned her gratitude to the university, she also expressed a wish: “Perhaps Gugu will be able to find a wife there – he’s been rather lonely”. LOL!

Anyway, all's well that ends well. 

A happy ending for Gugu – otherwise, it will be the cooking pot for him instead of the university.

In case you didn't know, roast goose (right) is one of those quintessential Hong Kong foods that definitely falls on the "must-try" lists for any visitor to China's SAR.

On Monday, Liverpool faced Crystal Palace in only their second EPL game this season. And as expected, the Reds did enough to emerge triumphant 2-0. 

James Milner gave them the lead with a penalty in the forty-fifth minute after Mo Salah was fouled. And Sadio Mane wrapped up the points when he ran from his own half before rounding Eagles goalie Wayne Hennessey to score (90+3).

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