The untimely death of Grumpy Gertie in the village of Sandon came as a shock to those who had come to love the resident goose. After discussing his death on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, listeners pooled together $380,000 as a reward for information leading to his killer.

Gertie had been a popular mascot in the village for eleven years, appearing on the town’s welcome sign and starring in locals’ stories. He was known to stand guard in front of a telephone box and to assist fellow fowl across busy streets. Locals and listeners of the radio show were shocked to learn of his demise and are determined to find justice for the beloved public figure.

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Gertie was found dead last week near the pond where he lived for eleven years. He had been buried since then, yet police have exhumed his body and have sent it to Royal Veterinary College in London for a postmortem examination. According to CNN, Giles Cooper of the Hertfordshire Constabulary stated, “If it can be confirmed the bird was shot, this would of course be investigated.”


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