Why are people afraid of geese?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Fishkeeper, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

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    There's a surprisingly large number of videos on the Internet of grown people being afraid of geese, and I do not understand why. I understand initial alarm if one flies at you, but geese aren't very big compared to humans.
    Heck, I figured out how to deal with an aggressive feral goose when I was 12. When it comes at you to bite you, you grab it right behind the head, hold just tight enough to keep your grip, crouch, trap its wings against its sides with your other arm, and lift. Basically you hold it like bagpipes. Keep hold of the head, keep hold of the body, and it can't do anything but honk. Half the time you can let go of the head and it just stares at you in confusion.
    They're not that scary! I'd understand people running away from swans, swans are big and probably have really nasty bites, but geese aren't that bad.
     
  2. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

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    I have been attacked by a duck where it tried to bite me and chase me so I am permanently afraid of ducks with babies
     
  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Yes swans are quite aggressive and large. Especially when you have to take their babies! But not as bad as my one nasty crane. He is a flying
    4’ bird with a sword for a beak and razor blades for nails. I have plenty of scars from him. He just does not give up.
     
  4. Fishkeeper

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    Now, see, cranes I get! Cranes have knives on their faces. Geese don't have much, aside from the biting.
     
  5. tripletfeb

    tripletfeb Songster

    Why are people afraid of snakes or spiders? Everyone has their "thing". For me, it's frogs and toads. I know they won't bite but you never know where they will land when they jump. Looking on you tube, you can find people afraid of anything.
     
  6. Sirens04

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    Some people just fear avians and some have had a bad experience imprint. If you were attacked by a bird and didn’t know how to stop it then you may develop a life long fear. For each person it is individual. Some dog bite victims don’t go on to fear dogs but many do. Same thing. Exposure to what scares you may improve the fear but many who are afraid never allow that again. And understandably so.
     
  7. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

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    Precisely! I have a fear of wasps and hornets even though I have never been stung my grandmother told me how it happened to her and now I’m terrified
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    A friend of mine has a business ridding public areas of aggressive geese. She started 'geesepeace'.
    Not all urbanites have your experience with these large aggressive birds that are potentially dangerous when relentlessly defending their nests or goslings. They are terrified when the birds attack. The businesses in question are liable for injuries, even if that is from someone falling when evading an attacking gander.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

  10. Some geese like the Tula used to be bred specifically for fighting, they can be very viscous
     
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