Goose roosts on Verrazano ... and lives!
Officer Gus Sasso and Maintainer Jim Ferguson rescue a goose off the lower level the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels)
The wild Verrazano goose chase has come to a happy conclusion.
About 11 a.m. Thursday, MTA employees got wind that an injured goose had roosted on a south-bound ramp to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The bird appeared to have a broken wing from an unknown cause.
Workers closed the ramp for half an hour while two employees corralled the bird off the crossing.
We didnt want to hurt the bird or scare it any more than it already was, said Officer Gus Sasso, of MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
Apparently, the precocious goose has waddled away from the Poly Prep High School in Bay Ridge. A groundskeeper confirmed the gooses identity, stating it was missing from the schools regular flock.
Details about the gooses condition, or its name, were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.This was the MTAs first goose rescue from a bridge. In the past, employees have saved dogs, cats and the occasional chicken, according to the agency.