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11:23 17 April 2014

A greylag goose has adopted a flock of sheep in Ingoldisthorpe as its new family. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A greylag goose has adopted a flock of sheep in Ingoldisthorpe as its new family. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A greylag goose has been adopted by a flock of sheep, instead of flying off to far-flung shores on migration.

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The bird lives with its new-found friends at Village Farm, at Ingoldisthorpe, near King’s Lynn.

Farmer Mike Vawser, 73, said he first noticed the new arrival amid his flock of 72 ewes in December. He added he had never seen anything like it, in more than 50 years of farming.

“Whether it was injured, whether it was shot and wounded, I don’t know,” he said. “We expected it to clear off when the pink foots went but it stayed.

“It’s just one of those things. Every year something strange happens.”

Wife Marianna Vawser, 59, said they’d christened the bird Sheep Goose, although they weren’t certain whether it was a he-goose or a she-goose.

Sheep Goose roosts under the trees near the village pond with the sheep and joins them for feeds of sheep nuts.

Her friends are gradually being moved to new pastures, on the other side of the village, after they give birth to this spring’s lambs. But that doesn’t mean Sheep Goose’s goose is going to end up cooked.

“We might have to get the RSPCA or the RSPB or someone in to help us catch her and relocate her,” said Mrs Vawser.

Could you give Sheep Goose a home? E-mail chris.bishop@archant.co.uk.

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1 comment

  • The majority of Greylag Geese in Norfolk are resident rather than migratory. They can be seen all over Norfolk at this time of year. Unless the goose is visibly injured there is no need to catch or relocate it.

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    James E

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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