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.

More Local News

Chamber hosting All Candidate Forum for provincial election

Residents will soon have the chance to hear from their candidates.

Sherwood Heights replacement school tops EIPS priority list

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has identified its highest capital priorities moving forward.

Double-digit temperatures not sticking around for long

That spring-like weather is soon to leave.

Road weight bans in effect in Lamont County

Lamont County's seasonal road bans are now in effect.

Update: RCMP find missing teen

Morinville RCMP have found a missing teen.

Pedway trail over Highway 15 closed

Some Fort Sask trails are experiencing flooding.

Mother daughter duo sees success at Grammy Awards

They may not have attended the event, but Fort Sask's Kerry and Mercedes McKinlay still made their mark at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Murder suspect still on the loose, police charge two more with first degree murder

Police have now charged seven people in relation to the murder of Aldane Mesquita.

Strathcona County unveils new transit plan

Strathcona County is looking to make improvements to its transit service.

Find Your Family Story connects generations with their past

A group in Sherwood Park recently worked to connect people with their past. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide