Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1. Day 305. Don't be a goose

If you are a water fowl it is quite okay to be a goose. If you are a human, it is far less endearing. And yet, two-legged creatures have a very unfortunate habit of behaving far worse than "lesser" creatures.
I am told by a bloke feeding the birds at the University of Queensland this afternoon that until a week ago this goose was a family pet. It had lived with the same family since it was a little one.
Three girls brought the goose down to the university and simply ran away leaving a very distressed and confused bird behind.
The bloke was feeding it bread, probably not the finest of cuisine for a goose he said, but as a domesticated animal it probably did not yet have the skills to fend for itself and bread must be better than the alternative, he reasoned.
Pets are family and to quote that most authoritative of sources - Disney's Lilo and Stitch -  "Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten."
Only a real goose would be foul enough to simply abandon a pet.

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