Wild Instincts Animal of the Week
These two Canada goslings were admitted as 5-day-old orphans on June 10.
Canada geese weigh three to four ounces when they hatch. Within 24 hours of hatching, they are swimming.
Goslings can dive and swim a distance of 30 to 40 feet under water. They are herbivores and eat almost continuously so they can grow big enough for their first migration in the fall.
Canada geese develop strong bonds with mates and are very protective of their family group. Families migrate together. They stay together in the winter and return to the same nesting area each year. Yearlings join other yearlings and move to new areas.
Young geese will not find mates and nest until they are 3 years old.
Canada geese are found throughout North America near waterways in open, grassy habitat. Geese find places such as golf courses and parks suitable habitat, which often puts them in direct conflict with people.
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