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They’re here, they’re queer — get used to them!

Four baby geese are the new miracle babies of Brooklyn — the first Canada Geese born in Prospect Park since federal authorities slaughtered 300 waterfowl in the name of aviation security.

No goslings were supposed to be born this season, thanks to efforts to prevent another massacre by humanely treating eggs so that they would not develop into geese.

Well, you know what happened: Nature finds a way!

Historic occurrances like the birth of this little fella (gal?) present historic opportunities — so the goose-loving editorial board of The Brooklyn Paper is putting together that never-tired canard of community newspapers: a naming contest.

Send your suggested name for this bird to newsroom@cnglocal.com. We’ll present the best 10 names to the Prospect Park Alliance, and if the name sticks, we’ll make sure you get more than a little bird feed (by the way, it’s wrong to feed geese in the park — but you knew that!).

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Sean from Park Slope says:
Why are they "queer"? What a stupid use of this term.
May 11, 2011, 6:24 am
Joe Brennen from Park Slope says:
I don't reckon this is a miracle, it's a NIGHTMARE!
May 11, 2011, 6:47 am
Howard from Prospect Heights says:
This is wonderful. I don't understand why geese are a problem for aviation and if they are, that's a problem with our aviation system. Geese have been living in NYC since before the plane was invented and their slaughter is ineffective way of resolving the issue and it just goes to show how ineffective and cruel humans can be.
May 11, 2011, 9:29 am
Elizabeth Carney from Windsor Terrace says:
Thank you Brooklyn Paper for sharing this wonderful news!

Let's hope the feds leave them alone. It would be another disastrous PR moment if they did slaughter these little ones.
May 11, 2011, 9:33 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Deep fried, sautéed, Fricasseed, and stuffed.
May 11, 2011, 9:35 am
Daniel from Harlem says:
I don't get it. What hazard do these geese present to public safety? Why is evidence in such shorty supply?

Also, it must be stated that analysis of the geese that collided with flight 1549 were not residents of prospect park.

Why would geese fly 6.5 miles away from a serene lake to a noisy airport with less food and fewer places to nest?

Where is the evidence that these birds are threatening the public safety?
May 11, 2011, 9:36 am
Javier from Flatbush says:
The names should be present to the group: "For the love of the geese in Prospect Park" on facebook, not the Prospect Park Alliance. The group is advocating for the Geese. Do the Prospect Park Alliance is doing something to protect them that I don't know?
May 11, 2011, 9:37 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Why bother - they won't come for their names.
May 11, 2011, 10:33 am
O2 says:
call them dead
May 11, 2011, 11:56 am
davidk from ditmas park says:
nature definately found a way here. good article BP, thank you. I will submit a name.

Meanwhile, where you do trolls find the time? i cant understand it for the life of me.
May 11, 2011, 12:15 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Just submitted my suggestions.

Thanks, BP!

Also, we should name the courageous and persistent parents, too. ;)

Since we don't know sexes of goslings, unisex names are best.
May 11, 2011, 2:01 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Just submitted my suggestions.

Thanks, BP!

Also, we should name the courageous and persistent parents, too. ;)

Since we don't know sexes of goslings, unisex names are best.
May 11, 2011, 2:01 pm
Cathy from Windsor Terrace says:
Brooklyn paper, thank you for being awesomely excessive! We love that you care so much about them.

The more coverage these little guys get, the better!
May 12, 2011, 9:23 am
Concierge from Downtown says:
I don't see your readers naming baby rats and these geese are just as invasive and likely more harmful. Exterminate them all.
May 12, 2011, 12:44 pm
Joe N. from Carroll Gardens says:
One of them should be Lucy goose...

How about Lucky, Lucy, Silly and Mother?
May 12, 2011, 4:03 pm
Bird Lover from Red Hook says:
enough with the geese already. I remember when this paper covered serious real estate news the NY Times didn't.
May 12, 2011, 9:29 pm
Pâté lover from B Heights says:
How about:

Pâté, De, Foie, & Gras

for the names of the four goslings?
May 13, 2011, 11:09 am
Tara from Prospect Heights says:
This is awesome! I will definately drop by the park to see these little ones!

@Pate lover- REALLY?????, I mean REALLY???????????
May 14, 2011, 8:15 am
ty from pps says:
Canada Geese shouldn't be living in NYC... and I'm pretty sure they shouldn't even be near here at this point in the year. Borderline perhaps, but definitely not in July and August when they'll still be here and multiplying like rats...
May 18, 2011, 11:06 pm

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