Update: More info on my goose friend!
Ok… here is the deal. Many were asking about my model ‘goose’ – so I went back to visit the refuge yesterday and decided to do some more investigating.
I wanted to make sure it was a wild ‘snow goose’ which I ‘d believed it was based on research. I concluded it must be, since it was white and in the wild…and looked like the snow geese I’d seen on google images. I even consulted my Uncle Alan who is a bird watcher/expert. He asked if there were any dark feathers on the goose’s wing, as snow geese typically had this. I did not recall dark feathers – but thought maybe they were underneath and not visible.
Well, it turns out there was much more to the story! When I arrived yesterday, Mr. goose warmly greeted me at the entrance. I immediately found a lovely young woman who worked for the refuge, and told her I wanted to learn more about this creature!
It was explained to me that an unknown party dropped this goose off at the refuge just last week. It was a total surprise and he (though they can’t be sure on the gender?) is a domestic variation called an Embeden goose (origin- Holland or Germany). It seemed evident that someone could no longer care for this beautiful bird, so left it at the nature preserve hoping it would be protected there.
And so, it will be. This sweet goose will be cared for at the wildlife refuge forever more, enjoying a nice life with its wild cousins and other feathered friends.
He is unusually friendly, likes to be pet…and will even sit on your lap! Is it any wonder it knows how to model too?
Oh–by the way…
there are many wild geese that frequent the refuge as well. Here below is a shot I took yesterday of a wild snow goose (note the dark feathers at the tips of the wing):
And here is one I took of a more commonly seen Canadian goose:
Wanted to be sure to give the wild geese some press too since the narrative I posted referred to the wild variety! I must admit though, I am so glad my domestic goose friend has a happy new home
Happy Endings for all…
Much Love, Robyn Lee