It's a bird, it's a plane, no—it's Sgt. Hank, the therapy goose! In an adorable twist that feels straight out of a Disney movie, the deputies of the Marina Del Rey Sheriff's Station have adopted an unlikely mascot: a Canadian goose with a penchant for the badge. This goose isn't flying south for the winter; instead, he’s taken a shine to Los Angeles law enforcement and made the station his permanent roost. In a heartwarming tidbit about their newest recruit, quipping on social media, Mother Nature herself assigned Sgt. Hank to the station in a Facebook post from The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Always the charmer, Sgt. Hank has settled into his role as both a feathery friend and a stress reliever for the deputies. While therapy dogs are the usual four-legged companions rounding the precincts, this goose has broken the mold according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's post, “Our Deputies love ole Hank!” It's not everyday that a bird nonchalantly waddles into a sheriff's station and cements itself as part of the troop.
But don't let his waddling and honking fool you; Sgt. Hank is no flight risk. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been clued into Hank's station-loving antics. Yet, every time they think he's gone for good, he flies back to his favorite spot amongst the boys in tan and green. It seems that for Sgt. Hank, the Marina Del Rey Sheriff’s Station is home, and no amount of open skies or migration calls can change his mind.
In a world where the news cycle is often flocked with stories of crime and chaos, Sgt. Hank offers a lighter moment and a gentle reminder of the simple bonds between creatures, regardless of their species. The station's adoption of this winged companion also highlights the innovative ways in which law enforcement agencies are acknowledging the importance of mental health by employing unique methods of stress relief.