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Andy, the Footless Goose

In the late 1980s a gosling was born in Harvard, Nebraska. Although this is a relatively common occurrence, this little hatchling was different, as he was born with stumps for feet. So began the saga of Andy, the Footless Goose. Andy's eventual owner fashioned shoes for him and taught him to walk. The sneaker-wearing goose became something of a local celebrity and delighted children throughout the area during public appearances. Andy's fame became national when he was featured in this 1989 People Magazine article. He was also a "guest" on The Tonight Show that same year. Sadly, Andy was kidnapped and murdered in 1991. His body was eventually found and his shoes were still on. Andy's fans contributed $10,000 in reward money, but his murderer was never located.

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