It so happened that the goslings were on the wrong side of the fence and the 8 adult geese who watch over them could do nothing at all to help them. It is a good thing I was not the raven of the fox. Instead I went to catch them and return them to the gaggle waiting impatiently on the other side of the fence. Leo, the Angora buck and Little Johnny, the four horned Jacob ram, were watching with curiosity and I am sure, wondering what all the noise was about.
There in the corner were the five little goslings frantically trying to find a way to get back to their guardians. So, I climbed the fence and they ran to the other side of the wooden fence, where I was able to corner them and catch two. The others I ushered to a spot where I was sure they could get through and they happily waddled over to safety as the two I was holding captive for the photo were peeping loudly, that danger help peep.
Safe with mom and the rest of the adults at last, they waddle away.
I am not sure what kind of goslings these are. The goose that hatched them likely laid the eggs and she is American Buff. The Toulouse gander always hung around with her and she preferred him over the dominant gander, the Embden/Tufted Toulouse cross. The goslings do not seem to have any tufts and all of them have a grey patch on their backs. They do not have blue eyes , which is a telltale sign of Embden geese. The Buff geese have hazel brown eyes and that is the colour of the goslings' eyes too. I was glad I was able to hold the babies for the first time since they were hatched, even though they did not like it one bit. They are adorable, right?
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