'Doofus' the hugging goose is famous thanks to a video his owner posted that showed him running to her with his arms out, ready for a hug. Cyndie Adams, the gander's owner, told KATV News that she initially shared the adorable video to attract the male goose a mate.
The video of the sweet embrace quickly went viral.
He just started hugging on me. He just did it on his own.
Adams said it wasn’t love at first sight but now the two are inseparable.
“He used to chase me out of the garage; he didn’t like me,” said Adams. “But he was injured - his wings got chewed up by a dog, so I started doctoring him. He finally got old enough, spring hit the air and now he’s mama’s baby.”
But Doofus isn’t an only child. Chickens, mares, dogs and ducks roam free on Adams’ four-acre property in Van Buren County. The love is shared equally among all the animals - one of their birds happily hopping on Adams’ husband Ray’s back.
“They’re our kids,” remarked Adams. “When we go traveling I usually have cages full of chickens.” Adams even shot some video of their duck “T-Bug” on a leash walking the beach while Adams and her husband vacationed on the beach.
But the family - especially Doofus - was missing something, prompting Adams to make the viral video.
“He needed a girlfriend,” joked Adams.
In the weeks since the video of Doofus and Adams was posted, a suitable, much younger bachelorette was located in Jessieville. Right now Adams says Doofus is too big to take advantage of his pre-arranged marriage to their new female goose, but that just means more hugs for mama.
“He’s just a lover.”