Witnesses said Six Flags staff stopped the Congo Rapids ride when the bird landed on a conveyor belt Sunday and tried to scare it away, the Asbury Park Press reported. When the bird did not move, the ride was restarted to try to scare the bird away, but then could not be stopped fast enough to save the goose.
"It was disgusting," witness Nicole Cora said. "Everyone could see it. ... Little children saw."
Six Flags officials said performing an emergency stop to save the goose would have put park patrons at risk.
"Our conservation efforts at Six Flags Wild Safari demonstrate our commitment to nature and wildlife, and our staff was saddened by the loss," Six Flags spokeswoman Kristen Siebeneicher said.