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Goose shelters freezing stray puppy from the cold
How beautiful.
Rachel Shapiro
09.08.21

The internet is full of amazing stories of animals from different species helping each other.

From dogs and cats learning to get along to dogs and cows becoming friends, there are so many stories out there of sweet interspecies friendships. And many of these stories that go viral seem to involve a dog. Maybe it’s because dogs are so easy to love, or maybe it’s simply a coincidence. But either way, these stories are always completely heartwarming.

And this story of a goose and puppy is no exception.

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This is the story of a goose who sheltered a puppy from the cold during some dangerously low temperatures.

According to Snopes, the original story of this unlikely couple went something like this: a polar vortex hit North America in January 2019 and a passerby spotted a goose or duck cradling a cold puppy.

“The man finds a goose that was shaking with cold stuck to a pole in Montana,” a translated archived Facebook post by Suzanne PadaPetra from January 30, 2019 shows according to Snopes. “The goose was sheltering with her wings a puppy that was about to die frozen. We have so much to learn as a species.”

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That last line is absolutely true. While there are plenty of humans that love and respect one another and even go out of their way to help those in need that are different than them. But there is still far too much hatred and intolerance in this world.

This goose’s motherly instincts immediately kicked in when she saw the puppy. Not wanting the little baby to suffer, she covered the baby with her plumage to shelter it from the bitter cold. She hoped that her efforts would keep the baby alive.

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What a truly beautiful thing to witness.

The origins and the information surrounding the actual story about these photos isn’t completely clear. Still, they are heartwarming nonetheless.

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Snopes says that the photos have been circulating on Chinese social media since 2017 and that they are believed to have been taken somewhere in that country.

Even though Snopes couldn’t verify the origins of the photo, they do say that dogs and birds can be friends.

“Although the back story behind these particular photographs may be unclear, it isn’t unprecedented for birds and dogs to strike up friendships. A pelican in Turkey named Osman became a bit of a local celebrity after befriending a dog,” the website states.

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While the original origins of the photo aren’t clear, one thing is for certain: this goose is a truly caring animal who saw a puppy in need and went to help it.

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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