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amputee geese

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babybarrister Tue 21-Jun-11 10:22:27

this morning on the Embankment of the Thames there were a group of about 10 geese, about 5 of whom were standing on one leg, the others were sitting on the shore. One of the geese on one leg was near us and we watched it for about 5 minutes - its right leg appeared to have lost the whole of the webbed foot.

so what I would like to know is were all of the other geese on one leg also amputees as they appeared to be from where I was standing and if so, why so many?!

babybarrister Tue 21-Jun-11 10:32:52

I am bored and I need to know - please will some bird fancier spread some knowledge .....grin

CMOTdibbler Tue 21-Jun-11 10:34:48

They tuck their feet right up in their belly feathers so you often only see their leg as it bends round

TakeMeDrunkImHome Tue 21-Jun-11 10:37:23

They do that all the time don't they. Tuck one leg up and stand on one, and then swap. Doesn't mean they have had their leg off!!!

babybarrister Tue 21-Jun-11 10:37:33

do they satnd on one leg if they are not amputees?!

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 10:38:15

They still have two legs and tuck one leg in ducks do the same

Mandy2003 Tue 21-Jun-11 10:39:13

And flamingoes.

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 10:39:32

Yes they do baby and they are not amputees

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 10:43:14

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Mandy2003 Tue 21-Jun-11 10:44:38

Aw c'mon that one's not standing Pumpernickel - it's doing ballet! Look the foot is clearly visible behind the wing!

babybarrister Tue 21-Jun-11 10:47:58

I am very relieved to hear that as I was concerned at the numbers of amputees ..

Pumpernickel10 Tue 21-Jun-11 11:18:10

It's the best I could find Mandy

babybarrister Tue 21-Jun-11 12:04:46

OK so I am now looking at one amputee and everyone else just standing on one leg ....phew!

KurriKurri Tue 21-Jun-11 12:11:18

I think the chances of several amputee geese being together is slim. Unless they've formed some sort of support group, 'Stand Together, the Club for Amputee Geese' perhaps

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 21-Jun-11 12:13:13

grin I've never understood this. What is the point? Why have two legs and stand on one? Why??

CMOTdibbler Tue 21-Jun-11 12:32:22

Cos they lose a lot of heat through their legs as they are the unprotected part

TakeMeDrunkImHome Tue 21-Jun-11 12:51:43

grin at the geese forming a support group

whatsallthehullaballoo Tue 21-Jun-11 12:58:27

I laughed so hard at this!!

Birds virtually always stand on one leg when resting. If they sleep on two legs it is a sign that they are ill.

Poor little amputee geese grin

5Foot5 Tue 21-Jun-11 13:04:36

Well it sounds like one of them was an amputee and the others were just taking the piss

GentleOtter Tue 21-Jun-11 13:11:33

They do that amputee thing, geese. And ducks.

Worry if the 'missing' leg suddenly appears as they can go for you quite quickly. <been pecked emoticon>

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