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Four loyal geese act as bodyguards for grandmother

April 5th, 2021

It is common for us to see people walking with a guard dog or two, but have you ever seen four loyal geese following their grandma around? I don’t think so.

These four loyal geese became viral on the internet

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You never see four geese guarding their owner. However, this clip uploaded by Kritter Klub will prove otherwise. Whenever this grandma goes for a trek around town, on the nearby seaside, or even go swimming in the sea, she always had four adult geese tailing her around. Waddling through the streets, these adorable geese make sure that grandma is safe.

Most of us probably know about human-bird imprinting.

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Imprinting is a term used when baby birds latch on the first thing they see after they hatch. Their minds would immediately register that specific thing they see as their parent which is why they automatically follow it around.

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It is possible that they could imprint themselves on humans, especially when their original parent is gone. The said phenomena can be seen in this video, that even when these geese had grown up as an adult, they continue to stick with their grandma.

It is impossible to shake off these geese.

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Whenever grandma tries to stop walking, the four geese would also stop automatically and then look back to see what’s the matter. Even when grandma goes in an opposite direction, these geese would immediately waddle towards the same direction.

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Running away also doesn’t work as they could just outrun you using their webbed feet. Sometimes, they won’t hesitate to flap their wings to travel even faster.

Grandma confesses that living with these geese changed her life.

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Grandma told the interviewer that she had a brain hemorrhage operation three years ago and she couldn’t speak a word for three whole months. Ever since that time, her geese were always around to cheer her up.

“Since living with geese, I have nothing to worry about,” she said. “I feel like I’m in heaven.”

Aside from being good companions, they also make great guards.

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Seeing this peculiar sight, of course, someone would be tempted to snap a quick photo. However, these geese aren’t just for show. They would chase an intruder away the moment they laid eyes on it.

Even when they pass by someone on the way, for example, the woman and her dog as seen on the video, once they see it as a potential intruder, they would not hesitate to use their beaks to drive them off.

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Even back at the pension house, since guests would come and go, the four geese would be the first ones to greet them. They’d aggressively charge with their wings spanned, honking their guests away.

Because of this, even documenting the whole thing became difficult.

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When the crew was at the grandma’s house to film some clips, her four loyal geese would stand guard in front of the door. When the cinematographers tried to welcome themselves in, the geese begin their attack.

The person had to run away from the house as soon as possible. It might be troublesome sometimes, but it just shows how protective they are towards their grandma.

They had their own leisure time from guarding.

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When the house is free from intruders, they’d spend their time bathing themselves in their individual pool. Sometimes, they’d just wait for their grandma to take them to a place where they could all relax. Grandma is more than happy to be the center of this flock.

Check out the sweet video of the grandma and her geese below!

Source: Poultry Keeper, The Wildlife Center of Virginia

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