One savvy Canadian observer captured video of over two dozen geese strolling across the sidewalk of what appears to be a new residential development under construction.
This act isn’t totally uncommon. Geese are highly intelligent creatures that have been spotted across Canada using sidewalks and crosswalks correctly to make their way across the street. It’s truly a sight to see!
But why do geese choose to walk when they can fly?
There are three main reasons:
- Geese use less energy walking, so they are able to conserve it for when they need it (such as to flee danger);
- They are herbivores and graze while they walk; and
- Goslings (baby geese) can’t fly until they are 10 weeks old, so the adults need to walk with them. The adult geese will do anything to fiercely protect their young, so be sure to give them space!
As adorable as a goose crossing can be, it may occur at inopportune times as well – such as on busy roadways, potentially causing collisions. What should you do?
Stay back from the flock and alert other motorists of the issue. Or if you’re all by your lonesome in a safe environment, take a video from afar and spread happiness to those who watch it!