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Tiny Gosling

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Tiny Gosling, Part II
Tiny Gosling sees a strange animal.
Tiny Gosling sees a strange animal.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Tiny Gosling."

Now Tiny Gosling is almost eight weeks old. He has new feathers and looks more like his parents, but he will not be full-grown until he is almost two years old.

Although he will be able to fly soon, Tiny Gosling will never fly away. The farm is his home. Sometimes geese act as watchdogs for the farmer!

One day, Tiny Gosling sees a strange animal. It is a cat, looking for food. When the stranger approaches, Tiny Gosling springs into action. He runs at the cat with his neck stretched out and his wings flapping. He honks and hisses as loud as he can. The cat runs away! 

When the big cat has gone away, Tiny Gosling settles down and begins to rub his beak over his feathers. He starts near the base of his tail and collects a special oil onto his beak, then spreads the oil over his feathers. This is called preening.

Tiny Gosling does this again and again. He takes his time so he will not miss any spots. This oil keeps his feathers waterproof. Tiny Gosling takes good care of his feathers to keep them clean and neat. He pulls out dead feathers and picks off tiny bugs. Tiny Gosling cleans his feathers so they will keep him warm in the winter.

When Tiny Gosling's feathers are clean and dry he walks over to the farmer's lawn for a snack. He waddles through the barnyard, watching the other geese settle down for an afternoon nap. Tiny Gosling is not tired just yet.

In the farmer's front yard, Tiny Gosling sees a friendly butterfly. Then he sees the crunchy weeds popping up from the farmer's yard! He waddles toward the tasty weeds.

Just then, the farmer's dog comes around the corner of the house. Tiny Gosling doesn't see this big dog coming toward him at all. 

The farmer's dog comes around the corner of the house.
The farmer's dog comes around the corner of the house.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The farmer's dog is watching Tiny Gosling. The dog knows that the goose should not be grazing without the farmer's permission.

Suddenly the dog runs after Tiny Gosling. The little goose runs toward the barnyard, flapping his tiny wings. Tiny Gosling is scared, but this dog won't hurt him.

As Tiny Gosling reaches the barnyard, the farmer's dog runs back to the house. Tiny Gosling is definitely tired now. Maybe he should take a nap after all.

When Tiny Gosling is not bathing or eating, he is sleeping. He tucks his head behind his wing. His round eye opens lazily from time to time. Life on the farm is good for this young goose.

Life on the farm is good for Tiny Gosling.
Life on the farm is good for Tiny Gosling.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.


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