Giant gaggle of FIFTY-ONE goslings go for a swim with mum across Canadian lake for the first time
The goose and her mate have adopted the chicks from first-time parents to increase their chances of survival
A GIANT gaggle of 51 goslings go for a swim with a mum for the first time.These incredible photos capture the chicks huddling together to follow the goose across the lake in Leduc, Canada.
Photographer Joe Chowaniec, who took the pictures, said: “My first reaction, was ‘wow’. I have photographed a lot of birds and geese and I have seen 15-20 goslings maybe, but not this many – it was quite the sight.
Joe said the mum and her mate have adopted the chicks from first-time parents to give the youngsters a better chance of survival.
He added: “The local wildlife expert said that this pair are much older than a lot of the other geese. They will take them under their care from first time parents for a better chance of survival.
“It is almost like gosling day care, other geese will leave them with experienced parents, while they go off and do geese things.
“A little guy was found orphaned somewhere else and he was released into this group. He ran right to the group and was accepted right away with no issue.
“They seem to naturally know to keep very close to mum and dad. There is lots of squawking from the pair to keep them together.”
Geese have the strongest bond to parents of any other bird, often remaining with them for a year or more.
In order to survive, the chicks must remain close to the mother.