A Cemetery Placed An Ad For A Lonely Goose - And Found Her A Mate

March 15, 2023

A cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa, helped a lonely goose find a new mate by putting an ad on Facebook.

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Blossom and Bud lived on the pond in Riverside Cemetery for years. But when Bud died in 2022, Blossom's behavior completely changed.

Cemetery manager Dorie Tammen said Blossom started spending a lot of time near the front office, looking at her reflection in glass windows and on model tombstones.

"She wanted company," Tammen said.

She felt inspired to find her a friend. On Feb. 10 Tammen posted a personal ad for a "life partner" for Blossom.

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"Lonely widowed domestic goose seeks life partner for companionship and occasional shenanigans," the post read.

The next day the phone rang.

On the other end were the owners of a widower goose named Frankie who saw the ad and decided he needed a mate, too.

They brought Frankie to the cemetery on Valentine's Day.

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Frankie meets Blossom for the first time / Riverside Cemetery

Frankie immediately flew across the lake and out of sight.

"We drove though the grounds for an hour or more and couldn't find him! We were all so disappointed, and so worried -- after all, we have the Iowa River behind us!" Tammen said.


Fortunately, they found him the next morning.

"We let Frankie loose right in front of Blossom. She was excited, and flapped her wings and called out," she said.

Now, the two are spending all their time together.

"They started walking off together and they haven't really left each other's side since," Tammen said.

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Blossom and Frankie / Riverside Cemetery

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Blossom and Frankie / Riverside Cemetery

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