Gander protects nest from potential threats
On a warm Saturday afternoon, a gander stood strong on a small island in the center of a pond located at the Trianon apartment complex in Topeka.
Unwavering in his stance on the east edge of the island, the gander watched for signs of approaching danger. Although most of his body remained motionless, he turned his neck at the slightest of sounds. The crack of a tree branch, the splash of a fish and the honk of another goose all kept him alert and focused on the task of protecting his family. The mother goose sat quietly several feet away and tended to their nest of unborn goslings.
Four mallards swam and played in the water at the north end of the pond. As they began to make their way to the island, the gander quickly moved and stood directly in their path. Ignoring his warning, the mallards continued to approach the island. When they were just inches away, the gander suddenly stood erect, spread his wings and began to hiss menacingly at them. Alarmed, the mallards formed a side-by-side line in front of him and quacked simultaneously.
Several minutes later, the gander’s perseverance paid off as the mallards surrendered the fight. They left the pond and waddled over to join a group of mallards gathered under a tree.
Confident the threat had subsided, the gander walked over to his nest to ensure that the eggs and mother goose were unharmed. He then went back to his initial spot on the edge of the island right before the sun began to set behind the trees. Peace had returned to the pond once again.