WITT, Ill. – There’s a goose in Illinois who won’t be deterred from his stone-headed girlfriend.

Joane Martin discovered the strong connection a few weeks ago when she drove up to her home in Witt, Ill., according to The State Journal-Register . She went inside then headed to her car again when she saw a goose next to her concrete lawn ornament.

“I opened up the door and saw this big bird next to my concrete goose,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “When I opened the door, he put down his bill and started coming after me. I was scared to death.”

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During mating season geese are preparing to match up and nest and they can be aggressive, nipping and spreading their wings.

The newspaper reported Martin couldn’t leave her home for fear of being attacked. She called a few men who worked at a nearby rock quarry who said they would come by at the end of their shift, about four hours later.

She saw the goose trying to get physical with the ornament.

The men eventually arrived and came at the goose with a snow shovel, but it didn’t do the trick. They called for help and the number of men in the kitchen increased to six, none of them knowing what to do.

Beating the goose with a stick wouldn’t work. Throwing firecrackers at the goose didn’t work. Eventually, according to the State-Journal, they chased the goose away long enough to move the concrete goose into a shed.

That finally did the trick, and the concrete goose remains safely tucked in the garage.

While this goose’s mating ritual proved to be stone-headed and unique, there are others in the natural animal world with their own sort of oddness. Among them is the Emperor Penguin . In this relationship the males end up cuddling with each other.

Emperor Penguins only meet once a year in late March, traveling as far as 70 miles on foot or by sliding on their bellies as they meet up to breed.

Male penguins lower their chest and call out. Once a female comes the two stand breast to breast, repeatedly bow to each other and continue to call out.

Once a female penguin lays an egg she hands it to her mate, doing it carefully because an egg that touches the ice would die. The male keeps the egg warm by tucking it under a large fold of skin until it hatches while the female heads out to sea to feed, leaving her mate without food for a couple of months.

Male penguins are left to cuddle together for warmth.

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