Geese put off flight south
Published Wednesday, November 19, 2008 6:35PM CST
It's what they do, they fly south for the winter, call it instinct if you will. Seems the instinct to protect take care of each other is stronger than the instinct to leave.
That's why some Canada Geese in Lindenwoods are still on the pond long after most have departed for more temperate regions.
Seems the geese aren't the only ones prepared to help an injured friend.
Once a day Choo Rosenbloom comes to the Lindenwoods pond to feed a gaggle of Canada geese.
"You see the one with the broken wing walking up," asks Rosenbloom?
Rosenbloom spotted the group of eight a few days ago. She wondered why they haven't flown south and then she noticed two of the geese were injured.
"He's got his wing hanging way down. It's very obvious you will see. The other one isn't as obvious his wing isn't hanging down it's just the way it's set on its back," said Rosenbloom.
It's very common for geese to stay with injured parents or siblings. The birds have strong family bonds, and mate for life.
Wildlife experts say as long as the geese have open water they'll be okay, but once the pond freezes over survival will kick in and these geese will be forced to leave their injured family members.
"Mother nature is cruel. It's not Walt Disney as nice as it is to think it is. The best thing that could happen to them would be for a predator to get to them," said Ken Cudmore from Fort Whyte Alive.
Rosenbloom doesn't want that to happen. She's trying to gain the bird's trust so she can capture them and get them help.
It could turn into a wild goose chase. Most experts believe the best thing to do is let nature take its course.
With a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley