'Alec the Goose'

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Alec could have been crossing the street with the children that day like a mother or father, to protect the children, and he may have saved the life of a child in the process.

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I was thinking the exact thing! Granted it was tragedy due to the area being his “home” but it could have been a lot worse with a child being struck.
One of the many common things from our past, that is now missing, is the free ranging animals other than dogs and cats.