Mike Digout has liked wandering along the Saskatchewan River near his house in Saskatoon, Canada, ever since he started working from home, taking his camera with him to photograph the beautiful wildlife that inhabits the area. He’d never been a fan of Canadian geese before, but that changed last spring when he met a fantastic goose mother who looks after a huge family.
According to Mike, who spoke to The Dodo,
“I went out every night along the river looking for beavers, and there was a lot of activity with geese since they had just arrived from the south and were seeking for a spot to nest. It must be extremely interesting to watch the geese compete for nesting sites and defend their territories.
The first set of chicks had hatched, as Mike had noticed. So, while waiting for the beavers to arrive, he began photographing the geese.
“When they’re little, they’re like little tennis balls with legs.”
Mike was sitting among some reeds on the riverside one night when he noticed a mother geese with a huge number of chicks. One by one, the newborn geese began to crawl under their feathers to sleep.
Mike counted 16 fluffy babies nestled under their mother’s protecting wings on that particular day.
“I was shocked to learn that this lady had 16 children, so I began returning every night to look for her and her children. Every day, it appeared as though she had a larger group.
Mike then counted 25 chicks, then 30 the next day, until eventually spotting the mother geese and her mate with 47 kids.
Then Mike learned that this wonderful woman was looking after the children of a variety of households. This is a typical occurrence in locations with a large number of nests, such as cities and suburbs.
Some birds, according to scientists, nurture their chicks in a nursery, where females leave young brood in the care of another, usually older female who has expertise rearing kids.
Mike recognizes that this mother goose was bred to work.
“It was incredible how calm she was in the presence of so many women. She appears to be a patient mother.
Baby geese are fast developing and no longer fit under their mother’s wings. They now sleep in a big pile while she keeps an eye on them.
Despite the fact that the huge group has been divided into three large family groups, this supermom and her partner are still caring for 25 infants, keeping them safe until it’s time to travel south again.