They've doubled in size in the last two weeks, they've grown claws on the end of their webbed feet and they poo copious amounts! We've finally decided enough is enough, and the geese left today to live with a friend of a friend who has a countryside farm. JD said his goodbyes to HeiHei and JingJing and we hope they enjoy a happy life before being dispatched and served up in a restaurant!
We returned from Heijing yesterday evening with two extra passengers in the car. While Jiajia and I were looking for a toy gift for JD we came across a farmer selling baby ducks (or so we thought - turns out they were geese!). I picked one up and it said, jokingly, it could be a cute present for JD. At 7RMB (70p) each, we suddenly found we had bought two, before considering the full consequences of having a pair of food-guzzling, fast-growing, ever-pooping birds in the house! We managed to get them home in a box and, on arrival, JD was genuinely delighted when we showed him what was inside. "GaGoo!" he kept shouting at them (his word for "bird", derived from the sound of a cuckoo often heard outside his bedroom). Now I just need to Google "raising geese" to see what fun we are in for over the next few months! We're hoping they last longer than the goldfish!
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