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May 11, 2004 > The Goose and the Bank, a Love Story

The Goose and the Bank, a Love Story

A spirited debate rages at Heritage Bank in Fremont. A Canadian goose has chosen to call the attractive smoked glass building its "home." Initially, the love affair was attributed to the goose's reflection which, for a narcissistic bird, is the next best thing to the original article. However, a tip from an occupant of the taller neighboring building indicated that there was more to the story. It seems there is a nest on the roof where an expecting couple is also in residence.

Every so often, other birds can be seen at ground level including, on occasion, ducks from nearby Central Park. However, the original avian can be found, day and night, in a stately pose close to the bank building. The bird's behavior - walking around the building, occasionally staring at the glass and giving it a quick peck, or long silent stares -can be attributed to being either a) a protective service, hired by the bank, b) a true narcissist, in love with himself, c) a weird mating ritual with a big square building, d) one crazy mixed-up bird or e) all of the above.

Heritage Bank personnel know that as long as they are guarded by this "watchbird," there is nothing to worry about except for an occasional tapping at the glass walls. Asked for comments, Brian Kehoe, Joanne Tarwater and Jyote Sahu have different theories about the bird, but all agree that Heritage Bank employee, Meng Lam has a special bond with it. Meng has become a surrogate father and makes sure that these birds know that they have friends at the bank. Although the birds have not opened bank accounts, they are an interesting diversion for employees and customers.

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