The bond of love between a man and a goose

  • 14/09/2016
(kylethegoose / Instagram)
(kylethegoose / Instagram)

There's nothing quite like the bond of love between a man and his goose.

For Mike Jivanjee and Kyle, their unlikely connection was sparked after a lifesaving act on an Oregon lake in the United States.

Kyle's now a 4.5kg Canadian goose - and she has a huge crush on Mr Jivanjee.

Every day, Mr Jivanjee tries to tell her it's over. And every day, Kyle says it's not.

Kyle first fell for him two years ago as a gosling, after she was abandoned by her mother.

"One of my friends noticed her drowning in the water, like almost desperate, alone," he said. "At any minute she would have been run over by a boat."

So Mr Jivanjee took her in and he took her everywhere.

"I just figured I would keep it alive long enough to be an adult and to fend for itself," he said. And then the goose would go on her way.

But that's not how it worked out.

"I've tried to get rid of her, you know," Mr Jivanjee admitted.

"I've driven her miles away and then left her in the middle of nowhere and when I come back she's already home before me, so there's not a lot we can do."

It's apparent that the goose has left an imprint on him. And if truth be told, at this point, Mr Jivanjee is equally smitten.

Today their little cat and mouse game is just that - a game, a chance for Kyle to get some exercise, and for Mr Jivanjee to enjoy an incredibly close encounter with an incredibly trusting friend.

Kyle really is beak-over-tail-feathers for this guy. But she's not taking any chances, either.

See, unlike humans who believe if you love someone you should let them go to see if they come back, Kyle seems to believe if you love someone, why chance them getting away when you can fly faster?

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