Plaintiff brings his goose to court to prove his story

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Page 5

The plaintiff in a case of attempted theft of a goose brought the bird in contention to the Shihlin District Court on Wednesday to prove that his goose would never leave his side voluntarily.

The Chinese-language China Times on Thursday reported that the plaintiff, Lee Yu-feng (李玉峰), had taken his pet goose, “Ga Ga” (嘎嘎), which he had raised for the past six years, to the shores of the Tamsui River (淡水河) in Taipei’s Tamsui District (淡水) to fish. Another angler allegedly attempted to poach Ga Ga, but was caught red-handed and Lee laid a charge against him.

The defendant said that the bird was at least 40m away from Lee and he did not know that the goose belonged to Lee, but Lee said that Ga Ga could recognize its owner and followed him around.

“Every time I took it outdoors, Ga Ga would follow my every step,” Lee was quoted as saying, adding that he brought Ga Ga to the court to prove it.

Unfortunately, Lee missed the hearing and he was unable to present his evidence to the presiding judge, the China Times reported.

However, the goose in front of the court attracted a lot of attention from passersby and people exiting the court, it added.

When asked why he was so close to the animal, Lee said the goose had been a gift from his ex-girlfriend.

“When it was just a duckling I would let it sit on my belly and a bond rapidly formed between us,” Lee was quoted as saying by the China Times.

Lee added that Ga Ga was not difficult to keep as a pet, but that it was slightly picky about its food and would only eat cabbage harvested from high altitudes.

Every time a typhoon strikes and causes a spike in cabbage prices, “I’m beggared by Ga Ga’s food costs,” he said.

However, he would rather be broke than lose the goose, he added.

As of press time, there was no mention yet of a ruling made by the district court.