ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany Firefighter was attacked by a goose when he was walking by the fire training center. The incident was caught on video. And it's getting lots of love on Facebook.
"He scared me to death, but all I could do was laugh as I ran," said Chris Bryan, a senior firefighter.
Bryan was attacked by the goose during his physical training with the fire department.
"Part of our workout is we have to walk from the gym to the training center, around the pond and back," said Bryan.
Bryan said the goose, who the department has named Glen, had been following the firefighters around their walk.
"I wanted to make a video for our health and wellness page saying hey look this is our new personal trainer, he's coaching us around the pond," explained Bryan.
When he pulled out his phone and started the video, Glenn wasn't too happy.
"He came up out of the water and you forget they can fly," said Bryan.
Other geese have also stayed around the pond, but have never been bothered by the firefighters. But to Glen, Bryan was a threat to his nest, which sits in the corner of the pond.
"He was watching out for his family, his eggs and I guess as I was walking by I got too close," said Bryan.
Bryan said he's thankful he's okay. Now he and the others walk further away from the water. Still, Glenn keeps a close eye on them.
Bryan said his encounter serves as a reminder to leave wild animals alone.
"They're watching out for their family, just like you'd watch out for yours. So you have to be careful, you have to remember this is their space, not ours," explained Bryan.