MAYLANDS residents fear three feathered identities have been kidnapped from Bungana and Brearley lakes, as they have not been sighted for two weeks.
Residents have begun to request CCTV footage from nearby properties as two geese and a duck were believed stolen, with no trace of fox attacks.
Maylands resident Margaret Landre said the female – affectionately named both Gilbert and Lucy by local children – had lived on the lakes for more than 11 years.
“A few years ago, the rumour was that someone brought a male goose over from the Maylands boat yard,” she said.
“The female initially ignored him, didn’t want a bar of him but that only lasted 24 hours.
“The next day they were standing side-by-side on the edge of the lake and have not been separated since.”
Ms Landre said they were joined years later by two domestic ducks, one of whom died earlier this year.
“They’re a big part of the community, children were brought up around here knowing the geese were there, now they’re at university and beyond; they’re all devastated to know that the geese have gone,” she said.
“You walk around there now and the area has lost its soul without our special residents.”
Ms Landre said it was unlikely a fox had taken them as foxes usually ate the head and left behind the body.
“I believe something has taken them, because they were tame, they would have been easy to capture,” she said.
A group has recently been formed to improve the poor health of the lakes, but Ms Landre said she did not think that had made them leave, as there were still turtles and other birds on the lakes.
If anyone has information about the location of the geese, please contact Maylands Community at https://www.facebook.com/MaylandsCommunity.