A Duck Or A Goose?/If You Are Lucky Enough To Find A Way Of Life You Love, You Have To Find The Courage To Live It
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Pet of the Week, 9/10/2022, below:
Can you tell if this is an American Pekin duck or a Mother Goose? To make the distinction among ducks vs geese, check out these videos below:
In the video published as “Ducks vs Geese: 10 differences between a duck and a goose“, below:
- Size: Geese are large (4-8 lbs), with long necks & elongate bodies & long legs whereas ducks are small (1-4 lbs), with little stout bodies and short legs
- Group: a group of geese is called ‘Gaggle’ or ‘Flock’ whereas a group of ducks is called ‘Brace’ or ‘Raft’ if on water
- Names: a male goose is called a ‘Gander’, a female goose is called a ‘Goose’, and a young goose is called a ‘Gosling’ whereas a male duck is called a ‘Drake’, a female duck is called a ‘Hen’, and a young duck is called a ‘Duckling’.
- Colors: geese come in black, gray, or white & monomorphic (male and female look alike) whereas ducks are dimorphic (male and female look different) such that male ducks are more colorful in green or dark blue & sometimes with whites, reds, greens, and teals & even very shiny & reflective feathers whereas female ducks are typically drab in color
- Voices: geese communicate by honking or small wheezing sounds and hissing sounds (if mad) whereas ducks communicate by quacking such that female ducks have loud quacks & male ducks don’t quack at all (male ducks just have a quiet rasping or wheezing sound)
- Bills: geese have short bills and low nostrils whereas ducks have flat bills and high nostrils
- Diets: geese are herbivores and only eat grass & aquatic plants whereas ducks are omnivores (they eat plants & animals such as snails, worms, fish, & even crustaceans such as crabs)
- Mating: geese are monagamouos (one mate for entire life with strong ties) whereas ducks are non-monogamous
- Child rearing: both geese parents care for their babies after they’re hatched, but female ducks have the entire burden of raising her young on her hand (male ducks may hang around but the responsibility of raising ducklings are entirely rested on female)
- Migration: Both geese and ducks need to migrate to South each fall. Geese like to return to the exact same location each year whereas ducks will settle anywhere that is warm and safe and with plenty of food
- Both geese and ducks feathers are used for pillows and bedding: goose down has a higher fill power (warmer & therefore more costly). Sometimes high quality goose down can be just as good (or with fill power) as goose down.
Quote of the Week, 9/10/2022, below:
John Irving once said, “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
To find out more about who John Irving is, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving’s novels, including The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and A Widow for One Year (1998), have been bestsellers. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in the 72nd Academy Awards (1999) for his script of The Cider House Rules.
Five of his novels have been adapted into films (Garp, Hotel, Meany, Cider, Widow). Several of Irving’s books (Garp, Meany, Widow) and short stories have been set in and around Phillips Exeter Academy in the town of Exeter, New Hampshire.
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