Threatening Goose Turns Out to be Adoptive Father
Canada geese are well-known for being ill-tempered and willing to attack anyone. But one gander in South Jordan, Utah, took protecting his territory to the next level. For five weeks, Narelle and John Canaan could barely leave their house because the goose would run at them. The bird, eventually named "Gangsta," would chase off joggers and pedestrians who came near the Canaan's property. They put up a sign to warn passers-by of the dangerous goose. But then they found out why the gander was so territorial. He was protecting a nest. Not his nest, but a nest of ducks that were incubating in the Canaan's hedge row. After five weeks, the duck eggs hatched, and the Canaans watched Gangsta escort 12 ducklings and their mother to the nearby lake.“We love gangster now. We do. I can get over this,” John said.Narelle says they’ve forgiven Gangsta. And they’ve set out a new sign that now describes him as the “insanely devoted goose.”The Canaans see Gangsta on the lake quite often. He is still protective of the duck family, but he no longer tries to attack people. You can see a news report at LSL-TV.-via Fark(Image credit: ADARSHluck) #goose #gander #duck #Canadagoose
Escorting 54 Goslings Across a Road
Mike Digout (previously) has a YouTube channel called Mike’s Videos of Beavers, but we are enamored with his observations of Canada geese. Just yesterday, he recorded video of a gaggle of geese and all their goslings crossing busy Spadina Crescent in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Why did they cross the road? To get to the other side! But it's not that easy with all these youngsters. The leader waits for the right minute when no traffic is seen, and holds his/her head high while leading the parade. Yeah, he/she could go faster, but the babies couldn't. For the goslings, the street was easy, all you have to do is follow the leader. The hardest part for them was surmounting the curb on the other side. Today, Digout filmed the gaggle of geese doing something more up their alley- swimming.
Mother Goose and 47 Goslings
Mike Digout has been studying and recording beavers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, since the beginning of the pandemic. But he keeps an eye out for other wildlife, too. Canada geese use the riverbank to nest and hatch their goslings. He noticed one mother goose has 16 goslings swimming behind her, which is a big family. But at a later date, she was leading 25 fluffy babies, then 30... and Digout finally caught her one day leading a pack of 47 goslings! Surely she didn't lay that many eggs. No, it turns out that she was babysitting. This is called "gang brooding," and it happens where there are a lot of nests. This goose was particularly good at looking after the goslings of other families to give their mothers a break. Still, 47 seems to be pushing the limit, even for a mother goose. See lots more pictures of this goose with her gang at the Dodo.(Image credit: Mike Digout)#goose #Canadagoose #gosling #MikeDigout
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