Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
North Carolina, United States
Posted Jun 04, 2014
I had the distinct pleasure (Note: sarcasm) of working with about six Cotton Patch Geese while staying on my grandparent's farm for a few years. They had about ten geese total, but not all of them were the same type. I do remember being told that all the Cotton Patch Geese were female, mostly because the single male goose they had wouldn't allow for any competition.
These geese were the terror of my summers. They were loud, always making some sort of vocalization. It annoyed me at the time, but in hindsight, I guess that was a good thing - because at least then I could hear them coming.
Crossing the yard (which was a huge, huge country yard) was akin to crossing the streets of a metropolitan city in rush hour traffic. If you didn't look both ways before you crossed, something was going to hit you. In my case - it was geese.
I'm not sure if it is particular of this breed, but these geese were the most aggressive animals I've ever had to deal with. The would sneak up behind you, necks stretched out in front of them, bodies low to the ground, hissing if you were standing somewhere they wanted to go. They come at you, flapping their wings, if you (heaven forbid) tried to feed them.
I pretended to be sick quite a few mornings so that I didn't have to go out and confront the things when it was my day to feed the animals. Some days, they would even chase me back towards the house. I remember running from them as if my life depended on it, and diving through the back door of the house before they could reach me.
Admittedly, it probably wasn't quite as fearsome and dramatic as I remember it, but I can say for sure that these were not friendly animals. They were aggressive, noisy, and possibly possessed a desire to kill all humans.