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Beloved Footless Goose is Slain

October 22, 1991

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) _ Andy, a footless goose that learned to walk with special boots, was found in a park with its head and wings pulled off.

The animal was still wearing the boots when it was discovered dead Saturday.

″Why would anyone do that to that poor little goose?″ asked owner Nadine Fleming. ″I feel just terrible. He was my pet and he never hurt anybody, but somebody broke into his house, kidnapped him and killed him.″

Andy was born with stumps for feet and could not walk or swim like other geese. In 1988 the animal learned to walk with customized baby shoes made by Mrs. Fleming’s husband, Gene, an inventor.

Andy had made headlines around the world and appeared on ″The Tonight Show,″ garnering a gaggle of fans. The Flemings opened their home to visitors, and the goose became a tourist attraction in this rural community of 23,000.

″I know there will be some children who will be very upset. A lot of children loved Andy,″ Mrs. Fleming said.

″From the tourism aspect, it’s a real loss,″ said Joni Gustafson, director of the Hastings-Adams County Visitors Bureau. ″People are always looking to experience the human side of life when they travel.″

Authorities said they had no suspect and no motive in the killing.

″It’s very, just a very senseless destruction of an animal that I think you call nationally recognized or certainly has received national attention,″ said Sheriff Gregg Magee.

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