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Maria the Goose: 'Call Me Mario'

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Shocking revelations today as Maria the world famous Echo Park lake goose is making international headlines as Mario the gander.

It took expert examination from professionals at the bird's new home, the L.A. Zoo, to determine that we had it wrong the whole time.

In recent weeks international news outlets from the Wall Street Journal to UPI glommed onto the apparently too-cute-to-be-true story of a 65-year-old man on a scooter and his daily adventures with Maria the goose.

Dominic Ehrler, the man with the scooter alongside which the bird has been seen flying sidecar, does not appear to be phased by the gender bender. "He's Mario now. But I'll call him Maria if he doesn't respond to Mario," Ehrler said, according to L.A. Now.

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The bird in question shot to stardom as an intruder in an OKGO video and is expected to be returned to its native Echo Park lake hipster habitat following the $65 million overhaul of the park.

Stay tuned in the meantime, as we will continue monitoring the Wall Street Journal's breaking, hawk-like coverage of the ever-twisting plot of Maria... er, Mario the gander, his friend Dominic and any further revelations from his temporary caretakers at the L.A. Zoo.