We adopted Pretty Girl,
Bunky, Merry and Pippin today! I am so THRILLED to keep these 4
together! They just love each other (Merry and Pippin think they are
geese and LOVE Bunky). These ducks and geese once belonged to one of my
dearest friends, before she became ill and was unable to take care of
them anymore. I brought them here and emailed her pics of them and
emails about them as often as I could, to help her let go. That was last
November. I fully expected them to be here for at least a year before
finding them a home, but one came through and a week later, they were on
I cried as we loaded
their pet carriers into the back of the car. Saying good-bye to my
friend's beloved birds broke my heart. I just hadn't made my peace with
letting them go yet. But, it is a wonderful home and they want us to
come by and visit them, and I can't wait to bring Elaine to see them
Her other duck Daisy May is
still with us. She was never too interested in the geese or the "mock"
geese (ha!), so she fell in with Asaru and Tiwana ducks, and is much
happier with them.
This weekend a family is
coming to adopt 4 geese: Ali, Chan, China and Bowie. Ali & Chan deserve
this; they have been here for 2 years. But it will be hard to let them
go. They were the first geese we ever rescued and I feel so close to
them (even though they are shy). When they first came they were so
ornery. We named them after Mohammad Ali and Jackie Chan. Ali would try
to bite me any chance he could and Chan would hiss at me. I wouldn't let
them push me around; I had to stand my ground to get the naughty streak
out of them--it was mostly fear, not aggression. Once they got used to
me, they just stayed out of the way. They have recently learned to come
pretty close for lettuce treats.
These 2 geese that never
knew anyone, now have learned how to get along in a gaggle of geese and
even follow another leader. Bowie has taught them a lot about proper
goose manors and their lives have been so enriched through the other
birds they have met here--especially the other geese. I feel like we
have provided therapy for them, not just sanctuary. They are so
emotionally healthy now. They are ready for their new home. I will cry
when they leave.
The pens will be empty.
Tutter will have the entire Goose Run to exercise his recovering
leg--with Angelo to keep him company. We have 2 new rescued geese coming
in from New Haven. Four geese in the Goose Run will be a good number.
The grounds need to recover in spring, so that plants and grass grow in.
Having 8 geese in there really wiped out the vegetation. People often
tell us to "cram" more birds into our sanctuary because they see room,
but the truth is, they need space. These are abandoned animals who need
peace and serenity--room to recover.