Some days we get really
funny emails. Well, not funny to some people, but funny to us.
I get this email from a
woman. She and her husband had two geese come down the river into their
back yard. They love them and have been feeding them. A female Emden and
a male White China. They emailed because the neighbors were threatening
to call animal control and have the geese removed (that's not the funny
part). Of course, animal control officers are too afraid of geese to do
this kind of rescue. They declined (to our benefit--they would just
destroy the animals).
The reason the neighbors
hate the geese is because the gander chases the neighbor's wife around
her car and when she jumps inside it pecks at the car door. Okay, now
I'm laughing. Well of course if you run from a goose it will chase you!
I hit reply and advised the
neighbors that we would soon have room at the sanctuary and we would be
glad to come get the 2 geese. In the meantime, we advised them to talk
to the neighbor's wife and tell her to stop running from the bully.
Instead she should stand her ground. She can hold a broom in her hands
if that makes her feel more secure--but don't hit the gander!
The neighbor tried it, and
sure enough, when she stopped running, he stopped chasing. Recent email
from the "good" neighbors said that things had calmed down while they
wait for our assistance, but that it's really funny because as soon as
the neighbor's wife goes inside her house, the gander comes running up
to her front door and pecks at it and then runs away again. This is
common behavior in geese--especially ganders trying to impress their
hens. Wha ha ha!