The Wall Street Journal on Friday took a break from its financial coverage to devote attention to Maria, the bossy Echo Park Lake goose. The story looks at what will happen to Maria, who rose to fame following her appearance in an OK Go music video last year, when Echo Park Lake is drained and closed for about two years during a $65 million clean up. The city does plan to build temporary ponds and has devoted much attention to migratory birds during the closure. But it’s not clear to what will happen to all the ducks and geese like Maria that make Echo Park Lake their year-around home. The Wall Street Journal said that Dominic Ehrler, who has developed a close relationship with Maria, and others have different ideas about what to do with the celebrity goose once the lake and surrounding park is closed:
“She might end up at MacArthur Park Lake, a few miles away. On Thursday, a zoo biologist examined her and determined she’d be fit to stay and socialize with construction workers to satisfy her need for human contact.
Mr. Ehrler has his own idea: He’ll get a U-Haul, put Maria in the front seat, and the two will migrate to Oregon or somewhere far away where they can walk. One city official cautions that, technically, Maria is property of the state.”
Perhaps Maria should tour with Ok Go during the clean up.
* Update: More about Maria can be found in an L.A. Times story that appeared today.