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Russian city seeks quiet Victory Day party

May 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

KOLOGRIV, Russia, May 6 (UPI) -- Veterans in Kologriv, Russia, made a self-effacing request on behalf of migrating geese: Skip the Victory Day fireworks so as not to frighten the waterfowl.

World War II veterans in Kologriv -- a town of about 3,400 people known as "the goose capital of Russia" for the hundreds of thousands of graylag geese that descend there during their spring migration -- asked local officials not to honor the victory over Nazi Germany with fireworks so as not to scare the birds, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

Russians celebrate the Nazi surrender on May 9 each year. In Kologriv, the 3,400 residents mark Goose Day on May 11, celebrating the birds' presence.

Locals said there's no reason the two celebrations can't coexist.

"The geese feel safe in Kologriv. It's the only place where they don't post sentinels around the flock's perimeter when feeding," Mikhail Prostov, an official with the regional department of culture, told RIA Novosti.

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