Yes, there IS a goose on the porch!
This is T.....he/she is a Canada Goose....
Many months ago, my Valley friends got a phone call...
someone had found 2 little goslings with no Mama.
They kept going back to see if Mama was maybe just "away" but
she never did come back.
So, this person called my friends to see if they
would be willing to take the 2 goslings and take care of them....
until they were old enough to fly away.
They said yes, and actually they had done this before years ago
with another set of goslings.
So all spring and summer the 2 little goslings lived on their
farm....until one nite something got one of them.
Now T is on his own. Our friends have taught him how to fly....
They would take T out for walks, and he would follow along.
Eventually they would get in their truck and slowly go down
the driveway, calling T,
who would follow the truck, waddling down the driveway.
Eventually, the truck would go faster and faster
and thus T learned to fly.
He now, and I mean this seriously, flies in formation
with the truck going down the road.
If our friends ever get the video up on Youtube, I will
put the link on here so you can see it.
It is AMAZING....
Our friends have two dogs. It has become the duty of one
of the dogs to look after T, and he does an
Look at Ginger, she can't figure out what the heck it is!
The reason the goose is still with them is that he/she
was too young in the Fall to fly away with other geese.
Now, if this goes according to plan (and it did work the last time)
come this Spring, when the Canada Geese fly over our valley,
T will likely join them. If not in the Spring, in the Fall
almost 100% for sure. Our friends have read up on others
doing this and really, the geese do eventually join flocks and move on.
In the meantime, T enjoys nibbling on shoelaces and will try to eat
your pants if he/she is hungry.
He/she is already going for flights along the creek which
meanders thru our Valley. It'll be a sad day when T flies off for good,
but it'll be a good day.
We don't like interfering with nature, but my friends
did not want to see the 2 little goslings get eaten by wildlife....
so this is what they did.
So....in a couple of years if you ever have a Canada Goose try to nibble
on your shoelaces, maybe it is T!
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