The last time we camped at Allegany, I showed pictures of white geese that were “blending in” with the Canada Geese flock that live at the park. I got the story about those white geese the other morning….
As I walked back to the truck after satisfying my craving to take some photos, I noticed a park truck sitting in the parking lot. I made a comment to one of the fellows in the vehicle and we chatted a bit about Nikon cameras.
After talking about the cameras, I asked about the geese. It seems that someone actually brought the geese to the park and just “dropped them off”. Somehow, this just didn’t register in my mind. I inquired if the white geese would fly south along with the Canada Geese.
Look how CUTE that goose is, standing on one foot and stretching!
I am unsure if these two men were rangers or not, but they explained that these geese cannot fly. When the lake freezes over in the winter, these geese would starve to death, unable to find food. My heart sank.
How could someone take the time to catch these birds and cart them to the park and let them go? Surely someone would have taken them in if only they would have advertised!
Let me say that I am not an animal “nut”. However, I do know that in the Scriptures, God calls us stewards, and we are to oversee not only the planet, but also the animal kingdom. How can we just leave our animals loose without thinking through their fate?
Happily, the men told me that someone in a nearby community has agreed to take the geese. I am unsure about the little white duck but suppose they might be considered a threesome.
The men explained they have been feeding these geese, and this coming week, they will capture them and take them to their new home.
As I talked to this goose, it walked over right to me. It stood about three feet from me, appearing so trusting.
A happy ending to a somewhat sad beginning for these geese!