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New mate brought to Glenwood pond to lift William’s spirits following loss Suspects facing multiple charges following shooting ADAM BRAMBURGER STAFF WRITER

William has a new companion and he appears delighted by the turn of events. Following the shooting of his mate of about 20 years, named Kate by Glenwood Cemetery volunteers, the brown Asiatic goose spent much of the past couple weeks crying a mournful sound, clearly missing his mate. While he dealt with his loss, plans were underway for matchmaking as the cemetery networked with Sue Meech at Napanee’s Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. She put them in touch with county resident Carol Ladoucer, who had a white swan goose she called Bossy Boots, who knew what it was like to lose her companion. The young goose, herself, became a widow after a fox took her mate. Glenwood Cemetery board chair Sandy Latchford said they talked back and forth and eventually an offer was made to relocate the female swan to Glenwood to be with William. Last Thursday, she arrived and when Meech released her, the meeting appeared to go quite well. “She came right out of her cage and gave a loud honk,” Latchford recalled. “William perked right up. He swam across the pond, approached her and showed his wings. He looked like he was feeling very

HAPPY ENCOUNTER Glenwood’s grieving Asiatic goose William, left, seemed to get along well with a new female goose brought into the pond. His new mate was also widowed after losing her partner to a fox attack. (Peggy deWitt/For The Gazette)

pleased to have another goose by his side.” The pair then entered the pond and swam around together on tour. Latchford said volunteers have noticed William has seemed happier and more settled since. It was also fortuitous timing as the Mallard ducks who had been

keeping him company also left. Some good news also came from the OPP as they announced two arrests that same day for the killing of Kate. Males, aged 17 and 18, were charged with killing animals other than cattle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and entering

premises while prohibited to do so. They are expected to face those charges next month. Latchford said many tips surfaced after a police press release Easter weekend, which added to first-person knowledge from an observer who saw the suspects on the site. “It was wonderful to hear the support from our community,” she said. Meanwhile, Latchford said Glenwood is working to improve its habitat for the geese. She said last year, the cemetery had identified some upgrades that need to be made at the pond — which has been at Glenwood since the original site plan — but it had just started working through the regulatory process to do upgrades. Since Kate’s death, more erosion was detected, so more work

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improve security. Latchford said she hopes the public will also step forward. “We are hoping the community will take an interest in watching. Our staff isn’t there 24/7,” she said. “Call the OPP or call us if you witness anything that looks suspicious.”

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