WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Jan. 24 ?
A woman who says she was attacked by a 3-foot-tall goose is suing the county, claiming it shouldn’t have allowed the bird to roam free in a public park.
Darlene Griffin, 30, claimed the goose lunged at her son Feb. 5 while he was standing near a pond in Okeeheelee Park. Griffin, a medical assistant, said she jumped in between the goose and her son and the bird bit her in the foot.
“He was squawking at me and he looked like he was coming at me again,” she said.
Griffin claims she fell down while fighting with the animal and broke her tailbone.
The lawsuit asserts the goose had a history of being territorial and aggressive, but the county did not have any warning signs posted.
In its response Jan. 8, the county said it had no duty to warn people of the obvious conditions at the park.
Eric Call, the county’s assistant parks director, said the goose was removed from the park after the incident. A few months later, the county hired a trapper to remove 22 geese because they had become unruly.