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Goose Flying Upside Down Leaves People Baffled But Expert Has Explanation

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Goose Flying Upside Down Leaves People Baffled But Expert Has Explanation

An unusual picture of a goose has caused a commotion on Instagram, with the bird drawing attention for its somewhat lopsided approach to flying.

Photographer Vincent Cornelissen took the image of the dark gray-brown Bean goose flying near the Dutch town of Arnhem and it's clearly quite obvious that it's opted to fly upside down. Pretty odd.

Cornelissen told ABC 12: "I saw that one of the three had trouble flying in a straight line. He was having a hard time which I thought was because of the wind. He seemed to be struggling, so I took some pictures of him.

Credit: Vincent Cornelissen
Credit: Vincent Cornelissen
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"I immediately realized that I had captured something special, but at the same time, I was afraid that no one would believe me. The image looked like it was edited in Photoshop."

It certainly does look odd, and some people are concerned that the image - which was taken earlier this year - shows that the goose is perhaps injured in some way.

However, according to one conservation science communicator, it might just be showing off.

Stock image of a bean goose. Credit: Pixabay
Stock image of a bean goose. Credit: Pixabay
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Lars Soerink, who is also a wildlife photographer and works for Bird Protection Netherlands, said the image might just reflect a goose that's learning new tricks.

"Once young geese have mastered flying, they start to see what is possible and how far they can go," he said.

"But he also said it could just as easily be that "they do it to brag to their peers. Like, look at me!"

If I could fly I'd be showing off that's for sure - so who can blame this fella for enjoying his new ability and having a bit of fun?

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Stock image of a bean goose. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Billy Lindblom
Stock image of a bean goose. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Billy Lindblom

Plus, given that this image was taken in March, it was probably one of the first time of the year the goose had had a chance to really show off its skills after the winter in which it most likely was laying low - much like these ducks who went viral after deciding the weather wasn't for them.

The funny clip showed dozens of ducks waddling outside before seemingly feeling the winter chill and going straight back into the warm.

The video was a big hit on Twitter, where it had thousands of views and attracted plenty of comments from animal-lovers.

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Responding to the clip, one person wrote: "I loved how they all stopped, had a lil' meeting and collectively decided 'nope'."

Someone else observed: "Ducks can admit they're wrong and change their minds."

Another said: "You can actually hear them quack, 'WTAF?' before they turn around."

While someone else joked: "They might have wanted to go outside for just a few seconds from the very beginning. Y'all don't know if they actually changed their minds at all."

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We hope that these ducks have since also been getting the chance to spread their wings a bit - in whichever direction they choose.

Featured Image Credit: Vincent Cornelissen

Topics: World News, Animals

Simon Catling
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