I went out to feed my flock of 13 geese and 30-something meat chickens who are currently living together. Soon the chickens will be in the freezer but anyway. I did a head count and came up with 12. One of my goslings was missing. His name is Mate. (so I can say g'day mate) So, I looked around for him and found him stuck in thorny bushes and in the bushes there was netting that we put on the cherry trees in years past. He was stuck and frantic. All the other geese were eating, so I thought. So I kneel down to help poor little mate and I am trying to untangle him or break the netting as gentle as I can and suddenly I am bitten in the back and I feel a hard thump on my back and sure enough his daddy gander is behind me causing a scene. Luckily I was able to free Mate quickly before getting too bashed up by the Ty, the aggressive gander who always hisses and never bites - until now! My back still feels a little sore. They pack a punch! Mate is doing well now with no lasting effects of getting his leg tangled in netting and thorns. Ty is looking after his son, Mate and all is well in goose land.