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Geese Return to Human "Mother"

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Canada Geese are overhead these days - returning from their winter homes to produce another generation of honkers.

But the return of two particular geese have brightened the cold spring for a family east of Williston.

Jim Olson reports from Lewis and Clark State Park.

Remember meeting these two Canada Geese in 2011?

They had been convinced that this boy - Quentin Corcoran - was their mother because he rescued them when they were still in their eggs after flooding forced their mother to abandon them.

Quentin spent the summer getting to know Nip - the female, and Moose - the male, before they flew off in the fall.

Then, last year, two geese showed up at the Corcoran home at Lewis and Clark State Park and Quentin knew they were his geese.

(Quentin Corcoran, 8th Grader) "One day I was laying in the grass and Nip, the female, she came up to me and started nibbling on my shoe. So then I knew it was for sure them."

The pair only stayed around a month or two and Quentin thought he'd never see them again. But this spring, Nip and Moose came back.

(Quentin Corcoran, 8th Grader) "Yeah, I think that's him. I thought they might come back the first year but I never though they'd come back the second year."

This year, the geese are a little more cautious - Quentin thinks that's because Nip is getting ready to lay some eggs.

(Quentin Corcoran, 8th Grader) "Her belly is really lumpy and sagging and she's really slow and timid so I have a feeling she's going to lay eggs soon."

On this day, it took some searching to find the pair. But before long, the 8th grade goose mother found his favorite honkers -

(Quentin Corcoran, 8th Grader) "They've been kind of inspecting all around here. I think they're picking this spot, cause it's going to be higher up and away from all the predators."

Quentin says Nip still allows him to get close enough to feed her - he can identify here by a scar and imperfect feather on her neck - but Moose is more aloof, playing to role of protective father.

(Quentin Corcoran, 8th Grader) "It's really exciting having the geese come back to you after rescuing them."

And now, who knows? Maybe Quentin will have another summer of swimming and playing with new goslings - the next generation of feathered friends he can watch over each summer. At Lewis and Clark State Park, Jim Olson, KX News.

Quentin says he's hopeful Nip and Moose will make the park their home all summer before heading south for another winter.

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