An adorable gander named Gugu has secured a much-coveted place at the prestigious Shanghai Maritime University in China after his owner admitted on social media that she could no longer take care of him.
When Gugu's owner -- who identified herself only by her family name Wu -- realized she would, unfortunately, have to part ways with her beloved gander, she decided to take to social media to make an appeal to the Shanghai Maritime University to adopt Gugu. Wu explained on Weibo (China's most popular social media platform) that she was moving cities and could not take her pet with her.
"I am the owner of a pet goose. He is very handsome and has been with me for a year and a half, but I am moving to a new place. Can you take my goose?" She also added that she feared she might have to eat him if she did not find a home for him before she left.
Shanghai Maritime University has accepted a goose as a "student," giving it an official admission letter, after its previous owner asked the university to adopt it. https://t.co/gYkyFjQ9mS pic.twitter.com/5KHzoNGnY8— China Plus News (@ChinaPlusNews) August 14, 2018
According to the BBC, the university -- which has a gaggle of geese of its own -- responded promptly and officially gave Gugu a place at the institution on Friday. They announced their decision on their official Weibo page. According to People's Daily, China, the goose also received an official admission letter.
"We have decided to welcome Gugu to our big goose family," said their post, according to a translation by the South China Morning Post. "We hope Gugu will grow healthy and strong."
The post went viral in no time, with over 40,000 reactions and more than 6,000 comments. An account dedicated to the university's gaggle of geese jokingly posted an entrance exam for Gugu, challenging him to come up with words that rhyme with "goose".
Meanwhile, a video shared by People's Daily, China showed Gugu enjoying himself in his new surroundings.
Quack, quack! A goose received an official admission letter from Shanghai Maritime University after its owner, unable to take care of the bird anymore, asked if the campus goose shed could adopt her pet pic.twitter.com/dZlbsmA2HF— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 14, 2018
The gander’s new home is on campus, close to Dishui Lake, in a wildlife protected area.
Wu expressed her gratitude via WeChat, China's mobile messaging app.
“I express my thanks on behalf of Gugu,” she said. “You guys are students with kind hearts. Who knows, maybe Gugu will be able to find a wife.”
While we remain convinced that Gugu would have been absolutely succulent had he ended up in the cooking pot, we are glad he made a narrow escape to become an esteemed member of the university's smart gaggle!
Best of luck in your future endeavors, Gugu, we hope you find a wife!
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