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Feathers fly as love rivals spar for Davina's affection

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Maisy rounds on Lionel the gander, who in turn jealously protects 'Dave' from the terrier's unwanted advances

Maisy rounds on Lionel the gander, who in turn jealously protects 'Dave' from the terrier's unwanted advances

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As love affairs go, this one is one of the stranger ones in the animal world.

A blind goose called Davina is the subject of a fully-feathered fall-out between her gander mate Lionel and a terrier called Maisy.

Both gander and dog adore blind Davina who, as it happens, only answers to the name Dave.

Maisy the terrier spends all her time trying to pull out the tail feathers of bad tempered gander Lionel. And if she gets too close, Lionel gives her a good old whack.

A love triangle which would look good on any soap opera is played out daily at The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate on Exmoor. "It's funny to watch the two of them sparing around the garden but the amazing thing is Maisy loves Dave the blind goose and never shows any anger towards her at all," said owner Martin Shepherd. " I have seen the gander flapping across the yard with Maisy hanging on to his tail feathers."

Martin's 15-year-old daughter Madison often finds herself forced to play referee when she jumps in to separate the bad tempered pair. It has the family hoping that the love rivals will eventually call a truce and give the Shepherd family a much-needed break.

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