Baby geese struggle to follow parents out of pond

The highlight of my day yesterday was these newborn geese trying their hardest to climb up the steep bank of a pond. Their parents, blessed with fully functional wings, made it up but the six goslings had major issues.

I could try to explain it more but nothing would quite do the justice of what I witnessed. Thankfully, I hit record on my camera and captured it all on video. Check it out and I hope this helps make your day a bit more cheery, you silly goose.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

9 thoughts on “Baby geese struggle to follow parents out of pond

  1. That behavior is surprising! Most animals make sure that their babies are safe and help them over obstacles to keep them together. I hope they all those poor babies got up the wall as they will perish on their own.
    Beautiful setting. Lovely photography.

    1. Well, the parents went back down into the pond with them. It looked like one wanted to help but half of them never made it up before returning to the pond.

      1. So the helpless never made it even though they tried but the ban was too steep or they were unable to get a grip.
        How very sad. Makes me sad and angry that there was no one to help.

      2. Well, yeah I think they would have made it eventually but their parents changed the plans. They will, or have already, tried again! Once they can fly they will be fine at that spot of the pond.

      3. I wish I could share your optimism. They looked strong enough so it wasn’t the survival of the fittest, it was the steepness of the bank and the indifference of the parents. It will be a long time before they develop enough to take care of themselves and learn to fly. By then they will have been the meals of predators. My opinion of geese has changed. I guess imprinting does not occur in reverse.

      4. Oh they will be fine! They are pretty safe in this pond, and the parents are very protective….not including the pond fail haha

      5. Okay, if you say so. I will wait to see future pictures of the whole family intact! πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†

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