Snow day poignancy

The snow continues to come down, and I’ll soon head home to wrap up, read, and wonder if I’ll see the Great Krauss/Harris Debate tomorrow. In the meantime, I was amused and then saddened by this tw**t, sent by Grania:

The headline and story come from Metro, and the backstory is ineffably sad. Yes, Thomas, a goose from New Zealand, fell in love with a black swan named Henry, and courted him for 24 years. The swan’s heart was then stolen by a female black swan named Henrietta, and the goose, a third wheel, stayed and helped the pair of swans raise 68 cygnets over the next six years. Then things went really downhill, including the loss of Thomas’s sight:

His complicated relationship made him a local celebrity with many birdwatchers spending hours watching his love life unfold.

But his happiness came to an end when Henry died in 2009 and Henrietta flew off with another swan, leaving Thomas all alone. He eventually went on to father his own babies, but they were then stolen by another goose called George.

Thomas was then taken to the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust in 2013 as his health deteriorated

The trust said: ‘As well as making other blind bird friends to spend his days with, Thomas helped foster a couple of broods of cygnets along the way. ‘

[That was] for nostalgic reasons and boy, did he do a good job. ‘He lived for corn on the cob and if it wasn’t there when we put him back into his house at night, he was not happy.’

Thomas just died at 40. Rest in peace, fair unrequited goose.

Here’s Henry helping his faithless friends:

(From Metro): Thomas, the Bisexual goose (pictured centre), has died aged 40 (Picture: Facebook/Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust)


  1. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    OH dear. Aren’t dinosaurs wonderful?

  2. Joseph McClain
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I guess that was his swan song.

  3. Posted February 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    To me, the story is beautiful and not sad. I suppose that the life of the goose, though non-standard, was happy and fulfilled.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Wait, wasn’t this the plotline for John Schlesinger’s film Sunday Bloody Sunday?

    • revelator60
      Posted February 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      This was the all-water-fowl remake.

    • David Coxill
      Posted February 10, 2018 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      No ,the plot line was British soldiers kill unarmed Irish people.
      Just joking,if it is possible to joke about such things.

  5. Alfonso D
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I think it should be “the Great Krauss/Harris/Dillahunty Debate”.

  6. Jacques Hausser
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    We had such a story at Morge, a nice little city along the shore of Geneva lake: a gander called claxon acted several years as a helper for a swan family. Then the male swan disappeared, Klaxon stayed with the female, and they got three hybrid cygno-goslings, very different from each other. They are pictures of the family here. I don’t know the further developments of the story…

    • Posted February 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      I can’t open the link, but apparently a goose-swan hybrid is called a swoose.

  7. Glenda Palmer
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Sent the lovely human interest story, Metro version, to about 10 more people.

  8. Posted February 12, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    What a curious creature!

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