started at a Marsupial Society Christmas
During the course of the day, I was given a
guided tour by the host - Bob Cleaver. Whilst
admiring his Cape Barren geese, I told him of my
own misfortune with them when my original pair
was taken by foxes some years previously. As
I had recently installed an electric fence,
which made my animal yard fox proof, I told him
I was keen to obtain another pair. With that
he offered me a “spare pair” that he had and
almost before I knew what was happening there
were two geese in the boot of my car!
I asked how
much he wanted for them but he said he didn’t
want anything as they were in the way and
possibly interfering with his other breeding
pair, particularly as the male was aggressive.
What an understatement that turned out to be!
goose, hated everything and everyone; kangaroos,
emus, chooks and especially me. The day he was
released into the yard he attacked me
ferociously, which took me completely by
Round 1 to
day when my wife, Carolyn, went down to feed the
wallabies, he also attacked her. She took off
her shoes and threw them at him. When this
didn’t work, one by one all the feed and water
dishes followed. After everything had ended
up at the bottom of the yard and George was
still in hot pursuit, Carolyn realised she had
lost and sprinted to the safety of the other
side of the fence.
won round two!
learnt not to go into the yard without the
protection of a stick. Some weeks later,
after she had regained some of her lost
confidence, she went to feed the birds one
morning loaded up with water bucket, seed bucket
and fruit. Consequently, she had no spare
hand for her ‘George stick’ and to be honest,
had forgotten about it. Into the first aviary
she went - filled up the seed, cleaned out the
water and gave the birds some apple. Then the
second aviary, not quite so simple! As she
was leaving the aviary George decided to come
and ‘help’. Every time she tried to open the
door, George was there, ready to attack. She
tried to fend him off with the buckets, but
George just drank the water and nibbled on the
seed. He had her well and truly cornered.
Eventually, when she finally managed to escape
the only stick she could find within reach to
defend herself was a six-foot permapine post
which was totally inappropriate.
round to the goose!
I did feel
sorry for Carolyn, but I would have done
anything to have been there to have seen it.
if there is any work to do in the animal yard,
George must first be locked up. This works
quite well, but you must be prepared for a mad
dash when you unlock him because he wants his
recently, he was very much a chauvinist - no
need for the female of the species. If his
mate got too close he would chase her away.
He has obviously changed his ways of late and
realised that although difficult to live with at
times, a little feminine company helps wile away
the hours. In fact, his mate is now sitting on
a couple of eggs and while he is tolerant of
her, his hatred of others remains. Perhaps the
added responsibility of raising a family will
help to settle him down or at the very least
keep him busy enough to allow the others to move
more freely once again in their own yard!
warned me that in the future she will always
check the boot of our car before leaving any
Marsupial Society Christmas party - if the boot
is empty on arrival, it must he empty on
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