The goose who stole Kansas recess

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A goose has forced a Wichita child development center to keep its kids off its outside playground. 

The Envision Child Development Center said the goose laid its eggs inside one of its garden beds that sits on the playground property about a week ago.

“The goose mother is being kind of combative with the students, so it’s getting kind of dangerous for them to go out there until she hatches the eggs,” said Envision Child Development Center Director Theresa Houston.

Geese are also protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Therefore, workers at Envision are prohibited from moving the goose, its eggs or its nest.

“It’s illegal to move her eggs. It’s a federal offense,” Houston said.

Houston said Envision is using the goose as a learning opportunity. They’re teaching the kids how to make bird feeders, even planning to do specific lessons related to the goose.

“Just her being here is teaching them and then we can do a thing on feathers. We can do a thing on how things grow. You can just keep it going as far as their educational experience,” she said.

So far, the children ages 3 to 5 years old have enjoyed having the goose around.

KSN asked the children about the goose.

“The momma goose is protecting its eggs,” said 4-year-old Everett.

“She sticks her tongue out,” said one girl.

Houston said the eggs are expected to hatch in early May. 

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