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Goose refuses to be separated from mate undergoing surgery

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The geese reunited at the door. (Cape Wildlife Center/CNN Newsource)

CAPE COD, Mass. (WJAR) A love story in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is giving animal lovers goosebumps.

Two geese couldn't stand to be separated after an injury left one of them in need of medical care.

Staff at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable noticed one of a pair of wild geese that live nearby limping and falling over after being hurt by a snapping turtle.

They discovered two fractures on his foot, requiring surgery.

But they didn't expect what happened next as they prepared to sedate the goose they named Arnold.

"We heard sort of a faint tapping at the front door. We turned and were all pretty shocked to see his mate had walked up to the porch and was furiously trying to get into the clinic," said Zak Mertz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center. "I kid you not, she stood there the entire time and actually watched the procedure going on. Was really watching him like a hawk. Or like a goose, I guess."

Forty-five minutes later, with the surgery complete, they moved Arnold right in front of the door as they gave him oxygen. When Arnold fully woke up, his mate began grooming him.

Arnold should be able to live normally in a few weeks.