Safe Passage: Baby Geese and Ducks Are Coming Soon to a Road Near You

Published by Craig Shapiro.

Why did the goslings cross the road?

Because it’s that time of year and that’s what baby geese do. Same goes for all those ducklings who are just now beginning to stretch their wings. We’re in the thick of baby duck and goose season, and as Mom takes the brood out to learn the lay of the land, they’re bound to cross a road, street, or busy highway.

And since we’re bound to be on the road, slowing down and being extra vigilant is a good call. If it’s safe to do so, signal other drivers to avoid hitting them. Being extra patient is a good idea, too. Try this: Breathe deeply, exhale slowly, and enjoy. Watching a family of geese or ducks in crossing formation is right up there with stopping to smell the roses.

Raccoon family©

Goslings and ducklings aren’t the only baby wildlife who are out and about this time of year, and it’s not uncommon to spot a hatchling or young raccoon or fox who looks lost. While it’s tempting to want to help, usually the best thing to do is to leave him or her alone. The animal is usually OK, and the parents are probably nearby looking for food.

But if the animal is injured or in apparent danger, there are ways we can help. Visit PETA’s Wildlife Emergencies and Helping Wildlife Babies pages to learn how to be an animal’s knight in shining armor.

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