Mother Goose Lays Eggs by Hospital's Maternity Ward as Protective Dad Keeps Watch

The hospital's vice president joked that the goose laid her eggs in a flowerpot outside the maternity ward since they were full at the time.

A pair of geese became parents migrating north — and straight to a Nebraska hospital’s maternity ward.

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"They picked a flower pot outside the emergency entrance and below the maternity ward," said Inglish Camero, vice president of patient care services at Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital in Omaha.

Camero told that the Canadian geese, named Ralph and Alice after the characters in the hit 50s sitcom The Honeymooners, have nested near their hospital every spring for the last 12 years.

While they nest in a different location on the property every year, Ralph and Alice aptly found a spot near the maternity ward to lay their eggs.

"Alice and Ralph started laying eggs last week," Camero said. "She’s laid six eggs — sextuplets in our driveway."

Despite not getting a spot inside the hospital's maternity ward, the pair appears to be doing fine.

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"We are full [and they] didn’t make a reservation," Camero joked.

It will be another several weeks before the eggs hatch, but in the meantime, Ralph appears to already be looking after the goslings.

"Their dad is so protective," she said. "He hisses at people when they walk by and they get too close."

Sometimes, Ralph even makes it hard for human patients at the hospital to get by.

"We’ve had to distract the [geese] so people can get out of their cars," joked security officer Tom Stock.

Camero, whose office is right above the nesting site, added, "I watch for people to be nice to them and make sure they’re nice to people. We don’t want anyone bit by them."

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And, despite the perfect match, hospital staff said the couple’s relationship is not without its flaws.

"We can see them bickering once in a while, which is why we named them Alice and Ralph,” Camero said.

She explained they did call the city’s wildlife department when the pair started nesting, but decided not to move the family.

Instead, the goose family will be raised on hospital grounds, where traffic will be diverted so the goslings can have a safe path from their nest to the pond every day.

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