Echo Park — The bossy, loyal and lovable Echo Park Lake goose named Mario — aka Maria — has died at his home at the L.A. Zoo.
A zoo spokesman said Mario, a domestic Toulouse, passed away on June 29, due to old age. Mario was removed from the lake and taken to the zoo seven years ago after he became a media darling.
Mario — who was widely known as Maria until the zoo determined that she was a he — waddled to fame after being featured in an OK Go music video. His popularity soared after CBS News and other media outlets told the story about how Mario had been befriended by a man name Dominic Ehrler.
“She thinks that she owns me,” Ehrler told CBS News. “The other geese are not allowed to be near me on account of Maria.”
The L.A. Zoo in a statement said that Mario was a community favorite. “Mario was an animal that brought joy to many Angelenos, and he will be missed.”
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