Mother Goose Takes Care Of 47 Goslings. How She Looks After Each One Of Them Is Caught On Camera!
Jul 20th, 2021
If you ever came across a mother goose with her goslings on the road, you will notice how she would make sure that they are all lined up as they cross the road. Most often, you would see them in numbers, usually with 6 to 10 goslings, or maybe more. But have you seen a mother goose looking after almost 50 goslings? Probably not!
A mother goose in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada was caught on camera as it was facing a challenge this spring. A local man named Mike Digout has captured photos and video of her and her struggles.
Digout shared that he first noticed what was going on while he was walking along the riverbank and enjoying the wildlife. He said that he was always on the lookout for beavers – but the goslings were much more interesting this year. During his interview with The Dodo, he said “They’re so cute when they’re little — like little tennis balls with legs.
So I started taking pictures of the goslings while I was waiting for the beavers to come around. ”
Geese tend to have under 10 goslings per season. That means that all of these babies are not all hers. In fact, just like ducks, geese also designate what’s called a “crèche” mother to tend to babies. Something like a daycare for these goslings.
According to Digout, he has been making trips down to the South Saskatchewan River to see the growing brood. And he realized that their number seems to grow every day. On his first trip, he saw 16, but in a recent interview with the CBC, he said the number was up to 47.
He said, “It was incredible how calm she was with so many goslings around. She seems like such a patient mom.”
However, Digout noticed that there’s something interesting about this gaggle. It seems that the parents don’t always seem to return at night – so mama goose is on duty in the evenings as well. He said, “At night the mom still had 36 of them going to sleep underneath her. It’s such a sight to see.”
There is a huge possibility that some of the parents of these goslings got into some trouble and won’t be able to return. Thankfully for these babies, geese are very welcoming creatures when it comes to goslings. In fact, Jamie Harder, an interpreter for the Meewasin Valley Authority, told the CBC that she has read about groups of nearly 100 goslings!
It seems like Digout’s gaggle is now getting a bit too big for them all to sleep under their adopted mom every night. So after some time, they began snuggling up in a pile while she kept watching over them. In fact, she is not alone in this endeavor anymore.
Digout recently noticed that there are other adult geese alongside her at times. She had just one partner at first, but it appears to him that some of the parents have slowly returned.
And now, the gaggle has split into three separate groups but they still stay close to one another, especially when they are all out of the water. It is truly amazing to see how nature can surprise us if only we take the time to enjoy what it has to offer.