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Gary and Dalia … it could be love

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

A few days ago, The Southwest Times was alerted to the plight of Gary the Gander, a stray goose that found a home at Pulaski County High School.

A couple of weeks ago, students, teachers and coaches noticed a goose, a male white Flat Headed Roman domestic goose to be exact, wandering around the campus. After a few close calls with the student body, instructors in the Agriculture Department decided to adopt this gander and use him as a teaching tool to show students how to raise livestock.

Agriculture teacher Sara Jo Jones was glad to find this new teaching aid, but worried that the goose, known as Gary the Gander, was desirous of female companionship and was, in fact, lonely. Then came Dalia the Duck.

“One of the local farmers saw the article you ran in the paper and brought this duck to us,” Jones told The Southwest Times. “They wanted to be a part of the program, so we want to thank Alice Bayse and Grace Bayse for donating her.”

Can these fine feathered fowel find love? Only time will tell. Dalia is a Peking Duck, like the type featured in Chinese restaurants, so if things don’t work out …

“I guess we could have dinner,” Jones said with a laugh.

Never fear. If the Agriculture Department has anything to do with it, and they will, Gary and Dalia will live long and prosper at PCHS.

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