When pests become pets.
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Many people think of Egyptian geese as the noisy pests that cohabit our cities and suburbs.
While I was studying Nature Conservation I rescued a goose (who we now call Ducky). He was only a few days old when a dog had attacked and killed the rest of his family, and nearly Ducky as well.
As a conservator we are taught a lot about pest animals, many of which are culled as a population control method. I understand the concept and accept it but when I saw this fuzzy little gosling in the jaws of the dog who had just killed his family, my nurturing instinct kicked in and I just had to help him.
See video below.
Nearly nine months later he lives with us, his adopted family (which includes two cats as well).
He's had a rough start to life, in the first few months of his life he had been attacked by a dog twice and poisoned, which left him hospitalized for two weeks and on the brink of death. But thanks to some marvelous vets and a lot of love and patience he is one happy little goose.
Residents from around the complex where he and we stay all know Ducky's story and even contributed to his vet bills and have proclaimed him their unofficial mascot.
Even though Ducky has the freedom to go wherever he likes, he chooses to jump up on the couch with his family and watch a movie. He sometimes waits for hours for us to return from work and greets us enthusiastically, spreading his wings and calling to us.
He also enjoys swimming in his baby-sized paddle pool or the communal pool where he dives down to the bottom with me for fun.
One of the biggest challenges I've had was teaching him to fly. After watching the movie Fly Away Home I figured out that if I ran in front of him with a blanket or scarf, flapping like wings (much to the amusement of our neighbours) he would run after me and eventually he had his first flight.
He ran back to me with his wings spread out and an expression that said "Mom! Mom! Did you see that? I flew!".
As for Ducky's future it's up to him. If he chooses to stay with us, or if he decides to leave the nest in search of a mate then so be it. But for now he seems content with chilling on the couch.
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