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Walter the friendly grouse becomes man's backyard companion


NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Some people are greeted by the family dog. For Todd Westward, it's a ruffed grouse.

The bird started hanging out in the New London, New Hampshire, backyard last month with Westward while his family was away on a trip, his wife, Mary Beth Westward, posted in Facebook. Since then, the bird, named Walter, has made himself a fixture in the yard.

"I just thought it was a fluke before we left," Mary Beth Westward said Friday. "While we were gone, this bird formed this crazy attachment. He was here every single day, all day long, following him."

Walter has perched on h...

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