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We went for a walk down by the Thames in Springbank park this morning and my precious June Bug was attacked by a HUGE goose!

Three large geese (approx the height of Juno) came running up from the water as we came down the steps towards the river.

We threw them a couple pieces of bread but when we noticed how aggressive they were behaving we started to run away from them. They came charging after us and before I could get to Juno one ran up and bit her face. Well, more like it bit her eye! It got her right in the corner and actually broke the skin. The cut doesn’t look huge, but the goose had hold of a big chunk of her skin and you can see at least how close it was to almost getting her eye.
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It sounds silly, but it was really shocking and violent. The Sodemans will not be going anywhere near geese of any kind for… well… forever is my guess.
I’m so incredibly thankful that he did not get her eye, he bit hard enough to have done serious, if not permanent, damage if he had. Ugh. Makes me sick to think of it.

The only comic relief the situation provided us was Justus’s reaction. He just started screaming at the top of his lungs and running around in little circles. Guess that’s what panic will do to you. 🙂 After all the crying was done and we were far from the scene of the crime Jon and I had a good laugh till you cry moment remembering the panic of our dear Rusty.

Laughter aside, I have a feeling I’m going to be having nightmares of this giant goose running off with my daughter’s eyeball…
Or, perhaps more likely, this one!

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  • Reply GP October 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I cannot explain how hard I laughed when you described Justus’s reaction. Woooow lol. We have geese and they are great fun but increeeeedibly protective of their territory. I made Tom take them to his because of their unquantifiable pooping capabilities lol. Hope Juno is ok. That is so not funny, but also astoundingly hilarious. Poor poppet! <3

  • Reply Debbie October 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Oh No! Poor Juno…that would scare me for sure…bad goose! bad goose!

    sometime I’ll tell you about Ruby’s nasal aspirator eye scare….. I nearly threw up I was so upset… (her eye is fine) but…uggg…

  • Reply Hannah October 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’ve always had fears about this happening. We had a duck pond by our old house in Melbs that had a few geese as well. The geese were always bordering scary, but I tried to remain cool, calm and collected for the kids. Think we’ll avoid it from now on!

  • Reply Christa October 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I still laugh when I think of Justus’s reaction. He reminded me of a cartoon or like Kevin from Home Alone or something. He was ridiculous. I have never been a fan of large flocks of birds, but geese have moved pretty much to the top of my list of terrifying creatures. Ahead of bees even, which, if you know me, is saying something. 🙂

    I’ll have to hear that story Debbie, we should get together again soon!!

  • Reply GP October 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I used to be terrified of bees and wasps. Like cannot move petrified. But! I have since learned… wasps = scary. Bees =/= scary. They’re actually quite lovely busy fat fuzzy little things. Our back garden used to turn white with clover and if you unfocused your eyes you could see hundreds of bees buzzing about. But they never ever stung us, no matter if we ran through the clover, walked beside them, shooed them away or laid in the grass. Bumbles are lovely too. Wasps on the other hand are still hell spawn. *Nods*

  • Reply Natashia October 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

    AGHHHHH! Super scary! Poor little Juno! I’d be scarred for life. Give her a kiss for me xxx

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