We were contacted a few weeks ago to take in two
Toulouse geese. They were owned for 7-8 years and
"suddenly" they are too loud and the neighbors are
complaining and the father wants to give the pair to a
co-worker to eat. The mother and daughter are trying to
find an answer. The daughter emailed me. She agreed to
our owner surrender fees and said at least one of the
geese is a male and the other a female (because they
once found an egg in their kiddie pool and their were no
other birds sharing their pen). The family came by with
the geese yesterday. They also brought us some bamboo and
showed us the best place to plant it and get results.
After they left, I spent some time with the 2 unnamed
geese, who we later began referring to as "Duran Duran"
until we figure out which is the male and which is the
I'm convinced that Duran is the male, but I'm not
sure about Duran. Ha! That's a little goosey humor!
(left) & Duran (right)
Honestly, though... I thought the darker gray guy in
the back/left is the male. And I thought the lighter
gray girl to the front/right was the female. I was
pretty sure of myself... and then I noticed today that
the "girl" has blue eyes. Blue eyes in the goose world
often indicate a male. Not always, but often.
The family swears one was a girl, even after I
offered them forgiveness if they just fessed up. So I
guess one is really a girl. Hmmm.... Quite the dilemma.
In other news, adopted Sal the gander may be coming
back. I honestly don't understand it. The guy that took
him loves geese and has a number of hens and needed a
gander for them. He is doing great, looks great, but the
owner has been hinting about me taking Sal and his lady
friend. He is a wild goose rescuer who has a number of
hens and I'm starting to think we fell for a ploy. He
wants to bring Sal back along with the hen he is "in
love with." And why? Because he doesn't think Sal is as
happy there as he was here. I think this was all a farce
to get us to take one of his hens. He adopts Sal, then
Sal finally bonds with a hen and now he suddenly wants
to send Sal back to us and doesn't want to break up the
"happy couple." Whatever. We'll take Sal back. I'll ask
for the $100 owner surrender fee for the hen though and
then I will sever ties with him forever.
See? This is the kind of underhanded stuff you see
when in animal rescue work. Even other shelters take
advantage and pull their tricks--anything to unload
animals, like they are commodities. It really turns my
stomach. We have hardly any space here as it is
for those abandoned to the wild, and I have another
sanctuary, with plenty of space, filling up our slots.
Annoying... and sad...
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