Salena Messal and her husband, Ian, were driving through Sherwood Park on their way to get some groceries Tuesday afternoon (May 29) when they came across a traffic jam.
Cars were backed up on both sides of the road near the Broadmoor Blvd Costco. At first Messal didn’t know what the holdup was.
When she realized what was going on, she pulled out her phone to grab a video.
“It was sad but funny,” Messal said of what she was witnessing -- an unidentified man stumbling in the turning lane, trying to help a family of Canada geese get safely across the busy road. One of the adult geese, wary of the help, launched itself at the good Samaritan, wings flapping.
“He might have hit his head. The poor guy,” Messal commented to her husband as the man landed backwards on the pavement.
The scene continued to unfold as Messal recorded, Ian behind the wheel. They watched as the goose parents helped five of their six goslings over a concrete median. The birds’ mystery guardian angel, unbothered by the attack, stood by as the last gosling struggled to get over the curb.
“He didn't touch them at all but he was in front of traffic making sure no one would run them over,” Messal said.
Messal, who lives in Fort Saskatchewan, didn't stay long enough to see if the somewhat frantic goose family all made it safely to the other side of the road, but she said she wasn’t worried.
“Everyone was stopped. I knew they’d get across eventually.”
She said it was nice to see people care enough about animals to take time to let the geese go by. She never caught the mystery man’s name, but thinks he did a great job.