Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Lovely Story

Okay, I was going to embed this video, but, frankly, I don't think I know HOW!

Here is the link to it, if I can't get it to embed. 

 It is about a 3 minute video with a remarkable story about a goose who has befriended a retired man in Los Angeles.  It is truly incredible. 

The thing is, Keith and I have seen this same thing happen here at Calamity Acres, so believe every bit of it. 

Here are some pictures that show the partnership we had here between pony and goose about five years ago... the pony is Beau, and the goose, Samantha. 

That was our tiny little pond that was filled in two years ago. 

She would groom him constantly when he stopped, whether eating or just laying in the pasture. 

Somewhere I have a picture of her picking straw from his mane while he was taking a siesta one day. 

They even ate together. 

Beau was about 32 in this picture. 

Sadly, we lost Samantha and her companion Tim to a predator.  Tim went first, then Samantha bonded with Beau.  I noticed Samantha walking oddly one morning, but over the course of the next few days, she valiantly followed her Beau around.  Then I found her dead one morning, picked her up to look at her more closely, and found she had been injured under her wing and it had become infected... I could not see the injury from the outside of her.  It was very sad to lose her, and we had marveled for weeks at this friendship. 

I hope you have time to watch the short film above.. it is truly worth it.  Animals are amazing! 

That's it for today from the snowbound Calamity Acres, where Mary Ann cannot get up her own driveway because it is such a mess! 


  1. Awww... such a sweet story about Beau and Samantha. I headed to the link to watch the goose story now. Have a great day, Mary Ann!

  2. yes, they do seem to bond with the ones they are with.

  3. What a cute story! I love hearing about unlikely animal friendships. Beau and Samantha were so cute together. Sorry you lost Samantha. She was such a unique girl!

  4. Very cute. Maybe he could take her home when they drain the lake!

  5. Our geese used to groom the goats. We even saw them climb on top of a goat as she laid there. I still miss our geese.

  6. Hi Mary Ann

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  7. Lovely story indeed and I loved the pictures!

  8. What a great story. Now all I want is a goose!!
    Blessings for a wonderful weekend.
    Dotti :)


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