Animal Profile: Give Geese a Chance

Photo care of Bonnie Shulman. Even though they bear our country’s name, it has often been suggested in Toronto that Canada Geese be shot and used as food for the poor. I would like to counter suggest that we learn to appreciate our namesake geese and learn to live with them, as they have learned to live with us! Care of Bonnie Shulman You don’t get no respect, being a goose! If you’re not getting pooped on in the press for pooping a lot (well, what’s a goose to do?), you’re getting blamed for causing a plane to go down. As if geese flew into jet engines on purpose! Geese belong to the order Anseriformes, which includes all sorts of waterfowl. Even though they are waterfowl, geese spend most of their time on land. Their life expectancy is about 25 years. Geese are tremendously affectionate. If a goose gets sick or is wounded, a couple of other geese may drop out of their flight formation to help and protect them. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until they die or are able to fly again. Then they will either fly together or join another formation… Read More

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