W&N watercolour on Visual 200gsm
In memoriam of Papa Goose – 1991 – 2009
Watercolour on Visual 140gsm – 16″ × 14″
I look at life as a gift of God. Now that he wants it back, I have no right to complain.
- Joyce Cary
Papa Goose, a young Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), was brought to me to take care of him in 1991 – he was found at Florida Lake in Roodepoort (Gauteng, South Africa), with fishing gut entangled around his leg, (left lying around by some very inconsiderate fishermen!) and, as a result, it severed the tendons and nerves, causing his foot to pull backwards, leaving him with one gammy foot and a very painful-looking limp. His one wing had also been damaged in his struggle with the fishing gut, leaving him unable to fly.
Papa Goose lived with me in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa for almost 18 years.
Egyptian Geese are native to South Africa and are most closely related to the shelducks (genus Tadorna).
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