You may recall the Canada Geese had six goslings last week, well this week I counted seven and one was a lot smaller than the others. Just about the time I noticed this, one of the adult geese started chasing the smallest one and pecking at it.
The youngster fled into the water and the adult pursued it.
Soon the whole family was chasing it across the pond.
I was worried so I followed the action to the other side of the small pond. Here the little one clucked piteously and approached another pair of geese (without goslings) and was rebuffed once again.
The ducks took no notice of the little one.
The littlest gosling came ashore again and hid on the shoreline. Since I was close the geese (without goslings) did not threaten it.
Was there some kind of call from the rest of the group, if so I wasn't aware of it, but the next thing I saw was the gosling swimming out towards the rest of the family.
Later in the afternoon I headed back to the area where I had first seen the geese and the parents plus all seven of the goslings were there again, even the littlest one.
I have never witnessed anything like this before. There were no other families of goslings at the pond so the little one must have been a late hatchling. I don't know if geese will adopt other goslings, maybe someone in blogland has the answer to that.
It seems that at least in the short term there is a happy ending.
Good news this post received Post of the Week by Hilliary at The Smitten Image
Here is a video made by the National Film Board of Canada called "A day in Pacific Rim National Park". Pacific Rim National Park is on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There is no commentary to this video just beautiful photography and sounds of nature; thanks to my friend Beverly for suggesting this.