Story of friendship and i.d. please

Oct 3, 2010
Cooper City, FL
Egyptian geese by nature mate for life and are definitely not loners. A few months ago I was at Flamingo Gardens and saw an Egyptian goose in the aviary that was injured in some way that prevented it from surviving in the wild. It must have been newly acquired, because its group, and maybe mate, were running along the outside of the wire enclosure while the captured goose was running with them in panic mode from the inside. Over time, the free geese left the area. It was heartbreaking.

I have since seen the captured goose who was now always by itself. I did notice a little guy (or girl) who seemed to stay in the same area. Well, I spent some time in the aviary this morning, and it seems that this little bird and the goose have become friends. That made me happy that at least the Egyptian goose now seems to have a companion. If anyone knows what this little guy is, I would greatly appreciate any info!

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