Now each morning, the couple walks the loop of Echo Park Lake together. Maria waddles a few paces ahead with her head stuck up straight and her belly full of tortillas Mr. Ehrler feeds her.
A rehabilitation project will drain the lake to remove debris and droppings from the dozens of geese and ducks that live there. For two years, the lake's fountains will be shut, its center a dry lake bed circled by a fence.
The fate of Maria and her brethren is unknown.