Wild goose chase
August 27, 2002 12:55 PM   Subscribe

Wild goose chase - "British wildlife experts are mourning the loss of Kerry the goose after tracking him by satellite all the way from Ireland to an Eskimo's kitchen in Arctic Canada." No, seriously.
posted by paladin (10 comments total)
This is my recommendation for a goose.
posted by Witty at 1:34 PM on August 27, 2002

It's no wonder Kerry got shot. How high could he possibly fly with a three thousand pound tracking device on his back?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:36 PM on August 27, 2002

That one sounds yummy Witty, but I think I'd prefer this one.

We have geese in our pond right now...I keep explaining to them that geese don't belong in Texas in the summer...but thus far, they're pretending they don't speak English. :) One of the geese has taken over a flock of ducklings...which is really kinda funny...this big ol Mother Goose and her armada of ugly ducklings. I hope the pictures turn out as funny as the real life situation. On the plus side, that's the only flock of ducks that hasn't lost a member to one of the rival male ducks. Seems the big ducks are all pretty afraid of the geese.
posted by dejah420 at 1:53 PM on August 27, 2002

<homer>Stupid Canadian Eskimo people</homer>
posted by zeoslap at 2:00 PM on August 27, 2002

Bah, geese are just stupid loser duck wannabes.

Ducks rock.

Nevertheless, a 4,500 mile migration is pretty damn impressive no matter what the species.
posted by quin at 2:17 PM on August 27, 2002

Someone told me geese mate for life. I've been afraid to eat goose because I always imagine its lonesome mate pining away.

They'd be easy pickings, though. We have a bunch of Canadian geese that form enormous, noisy Vs and migrate with much ceremony a whole quarter mile away to the race track. And then back again. I think of roast goose daily.
posted by small_ruminant at 4:29 PM on August 27, 2002

We prefer to be called Inuit which means 'the people' in our language of Inuktitut rather than Eskimo, which translates from Algonquin as 'raw meat eaters'. Unfortunately, the term Eskimo is more familiar with non-Inuit and gets tossed around as such.

I wonder if Austin, Hugh and Major Ruttledge will make it back. Also if any of the geese that fly over my parents house every year has one of those tracking devices.

It reminds me of the migration of monarch butterflies, travelling up to three thousand miles from Mexico to Canada.
posted by KathyK at 6:19 PM on August 27, 2002

As the man in The Times said this morning "Stand up the man who sold a freezer to an Eskimo".
posted by Frasermoo at 5:18 AM on August 28, 2002

it's like finding your lojacked car in the chop shop, sad... but kinda cool how accurate tracking devices are, like i wonder if in the future it'd be possible to stick a critter cam next to the homing beacon.

posted by kliuless at 6:40 AM on August 28, 2002

KathyK, if it makes you feel any better, here's one guy who knows that we should be using "Inuit" and no "Eskimo". Thank God for quality education in Montreal :)!
posted by freakystyley at 7:26 AM on August 28, 2002

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