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Maria the goose at Echo Park Lake is actually Mario the gander

Maria is a goose who is a regular fixture at Echo Park Lake. She became popular after befriending a local man during his daily walks.

March 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
There's a new twist in the love story between a local man and a goose. It turns out that Maria the goose is actually Mario the gander.

Everyone assumed that the goose that would follow Dominic Ehrler on his daily walks at Echo Park Lake was a female, but officials now say the bird is a male.

The gander befriended Ehrler, accompanying him on walks around the lake and flying alongside his motor scooter.

The lake is being drained for renovation, so the L.A. Zoo took the bird in. Once there, experts realized it was a male.