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Photo by M.C. Kauffman


February 7, 2003
Friday - 12:05 am


Ketchikan, Alaska - Milder than usual winter temperatures must have encouraged the Ketchikan goose Madonna Picasso to nest early.

Madonna is a White China goose - also known as a Swan Goose because of the White China's graceful swan-like appearance when swimming.

Madonna Picasso is sitting on top of a knee-high mountain of hay that she has stacked and stuffed piece-by-piece to protect her precious five eggs. She constructed this hay castle for her nest in her Pop's heated garage and is quite warm and cozy!

The mother goose gently rolls her eggs higher each time she adds more hay. The stack of hay reminds one of the story of "The Princess and The Pea."

If all continues to go well, her babies are expected to arrive in the next 10 to 14 days.

©M.C. Kauffman 2003


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