BEACHWOOD, OH - It was a story straight out of one of the most famous children's books of all.....and it happened right here on I-271 north today, as the book "Make Way for Ducklings" came to life.
The video is long, but it's worth the watch! You can see an Ohio State Highway Patrol car, lights flashing, as it slows down near a goose on the highway. Moments later, the rescue mission becomes a little, well, cuter, as the goose's mate and three baby goslings walk across 271, between the Chagrin and Cedar exits.
Ever vigilant, the officer blocks their way to safety and the geese make it to the median of the highway. Phew.
The adventure doesn't stop there, however. The geese continue their walk down the median, still being watched by their trooper friend. As it looks like the waddling family wants to cross the highway again, the state trooper is joined by a local police car and the humans stop traffic on the highway for the little family guiding them to safety on the other side of the road.
(If you aren't familiar with "Make Way For Ducklings", it's a children's book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey in 1941. It tells the story of a family of ducklings who make their way through busy city streets to Boston's Public Garden. Along the way, they are helped by many friendly humans, including a police officer.)
Kudos to the law enforcement officers for their kindness as literature came to life today here in northeast Ohio - happy ending and all!