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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:37 PM
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Bambi Protects Mother Goose
Bambi Protects Mother Goose

BUFFALO, NY - It's a scene right out of a Disney movie, a mother goose has lost her lifelong mate and was left alone to create and tend to her nest. She spends the day sheltering her eggs from the cold spring air inside an empty cemetery urn chosen as home.

The loss of her male partner now makes her vulnerable to any would-be predators who choose to approach the nest. But, in an unlikely twist of fate, an adult deer has befriended the mother goose, taking over the role of protector.

This animal arrangement is highly unusual, since there's no known way that a deer and goose can communicate. Yet somehow the deer has come to understand the need of the nesting mother.

The deer now spends its days near the urn acting as guardian when needed. As passersby approach the area the deer stands and places itself between the person and the nesting goose. On one occasion the deer even took a protective stance taking on a barking dog near the area of the urn.





http://northbuffalo.wgrz.com/news/environment/bambi-pro...
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:40 PM
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1. Republican solution: shoot them both.
Just sayin'.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:47 PM
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5. In my blue area, the cops stop traffic for geese and we help salmon get off roadways to spawn when..
Their creeks overflow and take them on the highway.

Hey, that's the long term view and it's a lot of fun.

We're all kin. Looks like the animals knew it first. I've seen a number of pictures like this and videos too.

The republicans don't know what they're missing.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:23 PM
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15. In N. VA (Reston), I used my car to block two lanes of traffic for a goose and her chicks.
Two SUVs went up the curb onto the median strip to go around. Asswipes. I got out of the car and guarded them as they crossed. It was a 20' long '84 Colony Park wagon so I had no trouble blocking off two lanes. I did the same thing for turtles and they've got some HUGE fucking turtles down there!!! I did my best to scoot one out of a really dangerous section of road. I would have picked it up but the fucker was a good 20" wide and probably weighed about 80lbs.



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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:32 PM
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16. Good work there.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:59 PM
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18. Make way!
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:16 PM
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20. Spirit of life and love we adore thee.
Sorry, just made that one up. Love the picture!
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:37 PM
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22. Thanks.
Thanks.


:hi:
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:24 AM
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23. P.S., Forgot to say, this was in DC, outside Treasury Dept,
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 12:26 AM by elleng
on Pennsylvania Ave. 1-2 blocks from White House, + the guy was a Park Policeman!!!
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:55 AM
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30. We have salamander crossings
the seasonal migration route takes the tiger salamanders across our road, so when we see the first one, we put up "Salamander Crossing" signs to warn drivers and bikers (we're on the Ironman bike route, so there's a constant stream of bikers around here, training). Then particularly on the damp evenings, there can be dozens of the little guys plodding across the road. We go up to carry them across, and oftentimes people will stop to move several as they drive or pedal by. Sometimes we'll have to use 5-gallon buckets, fill about half-way with salamanders, carry them across the road to the little park, empty them out, lather, rinse, repeat. It can be a race against the drivers when you see the little crawler from 50 yards away, and there's a car approaching - some people are completely oblivious to what is on the road in front of them.

Last summer we moved a big snapping turtle across in the same spot. I had to run home and get a big shovel to use as a transport vehicle for him, though, because nobody was going to just put him in a bear hug to carry him across!

FUN! :)
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:54 PM
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17. A favorite
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:55 AM
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27. In my red area to the east,
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:56 AM by LWolf
we do the same, even during hunting season.

Just last week there were two canadian geese standing in the middle of the paved road that leads to the dirt road that leads home; we all slowed, while one car stopped; a man got out and "herded" them to one side. A few minutes later, I turned off the dirt road on to the dirt road I live on, and was halted by 7 deer standing in the middle of the road. I didn't have to get out; just to wait a couple of minutes for them to all move off the road.

I know deer will charge dogs; people too, if cornered.

I wonder where that deer's group is?
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Evolve_Already Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:50 AM
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26. Isn't that the effin'
truth.

A danger to our amurican values.
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:40 PM
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2. What a sweet story...animals never cease to amaze me.
Thanks for sharing this.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:41 PM
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3. Great story!
I've seen an adult goose get adopted by ducks and they stayed together for years. For all I know they may still be together. And of course I've had cats and dogs who think they're all the same species, so it isn't all that strange, but it's still cool.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:46 PM
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4. How sweet! I really hope she's not brooding unfertilized eggs though.
This could be a long wait. :(
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:48 PM
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6. Not likely, she had a mate. I don't think they make eggs without that, like domestics. May be wrong.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:52 PM
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7. Beautiful. Nt
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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:06 PM
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8. What a dear...
deer. :)
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:59 PM
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9. Nature is so great. I do feel sorry for her - geese are one of the species
that mate for life. I have seen adult geese who lost their mate set down and die. Hopefully her babies will help.
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:04 PM
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10. Wonderful.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:06 PM
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11. Beautiful story.
Thanks.


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ohheckyeah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:07 PM
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12. What a great story.
Deer are usually so skittish that they take off at the sign of strangers. The deer in my back yard don't appear to be very scared of us but are of anyone else around.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:09 PM
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13. looking at this made some stress go away....
:0) thank you for sharing! this is one of those stories you remember forever.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:12 PM
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14. Or maybe the deer is waiting for the right time to have a nice meal.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:02 PM
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19. Luckily deer are herbivores
otherwise her goose would be cooked.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:05 AM
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28. Maybe it's a deer x wolf hybrid.
Looks innocent enough but instinctually, it's waiting to pounce.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:03 PM
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21. if it were truly a Disney movie, the mother goose would be the one killed
Shortly after the one male chick hatches and goes on to have many adventures with dad, completely forgetting about mom by the next scene...

That's the Disney formula, anyway.

Sorry for that little crabby attack-- I'm just a Disney cynic.

But this is a pretty special story! So beauteous. :D

:loveya:
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:26 AM
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25. Years ago, I watched "Finding Nemo" with a buddy who had never seen the film.
About 10 minutes in, he turns to me and says, "Damn, that was fast. Even for Disney."

mikey_the_rat
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:01 PM
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35. glad to see you see what I see.
and that your friend does too.

So rare that people see this message that females are expendable and uninteresting. It's a foundational attitude that is SO dangerous for us women (or, perhaps it's time for new nomenclature, to reflect the role the corporate conservative theocraps would give us: uterus-systems. breeding-appliances.)

But the attitudes are so embedded in all of our cultural institutions that very few people see them.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:23 PM
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36. Actually, that's not the message in the Disney formula.
Children bond with mothers more strongly than fathers, so seeing the mother die (always off-screen) generates a greater emotional response, and increases the identification of the kid with the motherless character. OTOH, there are always alternate mother-figure characters to fill that gap, and they are always engaging characters - Dora, in Nemo; the mother rabbit in Bambi. Then, in the absence of the mother, the previously missing father steps up to take over the parenting.

It has nothing to do with mothers, or women, being expendable, but simply plays on the very real fear of losing the mother that is common to children.

If anyone is expendable it is the father figure, who seldom shows up until he really has to. If Bambi's mother hadn't died, Bambi would have never met his father. If Nemo's mother and 400 siblings hadn't died, he'd be just one in the crowd, and his father wouldn't have ever noticed him.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:52 AM
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24. K&R! This is absolutely my favorite story of the day.
It choked me up, but I thank you so much for posting this, amazing and heartwarming. Everybody deserves a special friend. :loveya:
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:20 AM
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29. That makes me want to have an urn as a gravestone -so wildlife can use it. n/t
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:02 AM
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31. Big K&R for a beautiful example of what is good in the world.
:)

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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:14 AM
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32. But it is sad to know
that both these beautiful creatures are hunted and killed by humans.
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Evolve_Already Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:23 PM
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41. It truly is quite sad.
Had the misfortune to see a bumper sticker on a pick-up that said, "If It Flies It Dies" AND "If It's Brown It's Down".

Isn't that charming?

Wouldn't want these humans within a mile of me.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:27 AM
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33. just showed this story to my friend
who kept looking at it and saying, "Oh my, Oh my..." After a minute or two, he said, "That's enough to make someone become a vegetarian."


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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:56 PM
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34. Nature is so beautiful.
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:29 PM
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37. so sweet!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:38 PM
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38. Wow, reminds me of this tender scene...
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:03 PM
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39. K&R
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:16 PM
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40. Kicking!
So others will see this. This is just incredible and heartwarming, too. :wow: :kick:
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:26 PM
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42. Precious. nt
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