Goose and her 47 puppies
Since the global pandemic began, Digout has been taking long walks along a riverside close to his home in Saskatoon and photographing any urban wildlife that he might come across. He met a young family of cute geese while out on one of his walks.
In an interview with journalists, Digout said, “I was out every night walking on the riverbank looking for beavers and, of course, there was a lot of geese activity as they were coming from the south and looking for a place to nest. It was entertaining and also interesting to watch the geese fighting over places to nest and protecting their nests.
The photographer spotted the first group of goslings hatched in the final month of spring.
They’re just like a little tennis ball with legs when they’re little, Digout added. As I waited for the beavers to arrive, I began shooting pictures of the newborns.
Digout noticed a mother goose with an unusually large number of goslings while out for a stroll in the evening. He counted as many as sixteen sixteen fluffy balls jammed beneath their mother’s wings as they gradually crawled under her feathers in preparation for their night’s sleep.
Digout returned to the scene every evening in search of the mother hero and her children, whose number was steadily increasing every day.
One night, he counted 25 infants; the following day, the total rose to 30. He has already counted 47 children next to their mother after two days. Digout was unaware at the time that mother goose typically adopted infants whose mothers were unable to care for them for various reasons.
Digout was able to assert unequivocally that the mother in question was the ideal candidate for the position: “It was astounding how calm she was with so many goslings around,” he added. She is such a devoted and kind mother.
The mother hero and her companion are still raising 25 of their own children, despite the fact that the gang brood has since split into three major groups. And they’ll look after them until it’s time for them to fly south for the winter and come back the following season.