A local animal lover and good samaritan stopped on a busy dual carriageway to herd 40 geese to safety.
Simon Finnegan spent over two hours hearing the geese to a canal more than a mile away in Erdington, Birmingham. The geese jumped in and swam happily away.
The 49-year-old was on his way to a friend’s house after work when he saw a huge flock of Canadian Geese walking in and out of the traffic.
“I could see they were in a bit of distress and obviously lost and disorientated. I do consider myself an animal lover and I knew I couldn’t just leave them like that,” Finnegan said.
“They were stepping into the road and sitting down while cars sounded their horns which didn’t really help matters, they must have been petrified.”
“They were running around in the middle of the road, on the central grass verge and going back and forth and I just thought ‘what do I do here?”
That’s when he jumped into action. He began to usher the geese back towards the water to safety. The journey with the over 40 ducks was not easy, however.
“A couple of them sat down by a wall, it was hard work. They kept pressing themselves up against the walls when a bus went past,” he said.
“I would just flap my hand if they got too close to the road and they would go the other direction and luckily when the first geese went one way, the rest of them followed.”
Finnegan knew there was a canal nearby that would usually take just 15 minutes to walk. However, with the flock, it took over two hours. Although most people just honked their horns or filmed on their phones, a woman jumped in to help him out and they worked together to lead the geese to safety.
Once they arrived at the canal, Finnegan said they seemed a lot happier. It’s amazing to know that there are people like Finnegan out there that will take the time out of their day to help animals! We need more people like that.
Lead Image Source : Ger Bosma Photos/Shutterstock. This article by Hailey Kanowski was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 12 July 2022.
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