In the 26 years Sergeant James Givens has served with the Cincinnati Police Department, he says he's never had an experience that compares to this one.
When he was sitting in his police cruiser, a goose began pecking on the door, apparently trying to get his attention.
"It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don't come near us," Givens told WKRC.
"Then it walked away and then it stopped and looked back so I followed it and it led me right over to [a gosling] that was tangled up in all that string."
"She led me about 100 yards away to this grassy area near a creek. That's when I saw one of her babies all tangled up in some string from a balloon. His little feet were kicking," he said. "She led me straight to him."
Givens said he was nervous about approaching the trapped baby, as he feared that the goose might attack if he did, so he radioed the SPCA for help, but there was no one immediately available.
When his colleague, Officer Cecilia Charron, heard the call, she volunteered to help.
"She showed up on her own," he said. "I told her to be careful, but she just walked over and untangled the baby. The mother goose just watched, like she knew. It was amazing."
The officers were in disbelief about how it all played out from start to finish, and Charron reportedly even started to tear up, telling Givens that it was "the highlight of her 24 years on the force."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said balloons frequently pose problems for birds, turtles and other animals.
Like the little gosling, some get entangled in the string, but many aren't rescued. Some are injured or strangled, and others choke while trying to eat the balloon.
As for Givens, he said, "I don't know what it all means, but I hope it might inspire more compassion in other people."
You can watch the event unfold in the video below: