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Every plant-based eater or even those that don’t eat 100 percent plant-based, know that Whole Foods is an awesome place to shop. You automatically feel healthier just being there, let’s be honest. And now Whole Foods has given us another reason to love them: they are helping a mother goose who recently laid eggs in their parking lot!

At the Whole Foods in Littleton, Colorado, there is a creek across from the store and two geese came over to the Whole Foods parking lot. “We just came in one day, and we saw two geese just kind of hovered around this area. Wasn’t really sure what she was up to. She just hung out there for the first day, and noticed she was building a nest,” Tony Nemec, the store’s team leader, told WCSH.

A day later, the mother goose laid her eggs right by the front door. Staff called Parks and Wildlife to figure out what the next best step would be and they said to leave the mother there with her eggs, unbothered. “They assured us that the best thing to do was just to leave her alone … and maybe put a barricade around them, and that’s what we did. Maybe she knows we’re going to take care of her,” Nemec said.

The Whole Foods team set up a barricade around the mother goose and her eggs. They even fill a kiddie pool for her to swim in every day. Other customers have been bringing out corn and greens for her to eat. 

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The kind caretakers even put out a caution sign to ensure the safety of the mother and her eggs. So sweet!

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The Whole Foods team expects the babies to be born on or around May 5th and if the mother does want to cross the street to take her babies to the river, there is a plan in place.

“I’m pretty excited to see the baby goose running around the parking lot. We’re hoping they’ll be safe. We have the police and animal control on call, so if she needs to cross Wadsworth with her little ones, they’ll guide her through. They’ve already agreed to that,” Nemec said.

Although this is the first year they’ve had a goose build a nest in their parking lot, a few goose experts have told Whole Foods that if the mother is comfortable with that area, she will come back for decades to nest. It seems like the staff has done a great job making sure the family is safe, so we can only hope this becomes a tradition!

Just when it seems no one cares about wildlife, we see people work together to help animals, putting their little lives above the hustle and bustle of business and commerce. But please remember: do not try to help wildlife of any sort unless you are trained. Find a local wildlife rehabber/rescuer or veterinarian ASAP, or call a rescue hotline. Here are some that might help!

Image source: Tina Nelson/Twitter

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SDK
1 Months Ago

They should not be feeding her corn in significant amounts. Its best to leave her to feed herself. A unbalanced diet could cause all sorts of issues. Wild geese can take care of themselves and get the right nutrients needed for their health.


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Texas
1 Months Ago

TO KARIN OF THE MULTIPLE POSTS: Karin, I am not a meat eater, however this type of vile does not encourage people to work with you. If enough people stop purchasing meat, then they will stop having offering it at the store. Right now, this story is about SAVING an animal. Baby steps, Karin, baby steps. Go work with a reputable animal welfare group. Write your congressman. That is what makes policy. Acting nuts does not.


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Texas
1 Months Ago

I do not make it to Whole Foods stores a lot, but now I am going to make a special effort. They should be rewarded for this type of company culture, where ALL life matters. Kudos to Whole Foods!!! Look forward to the updates.


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ahimsa42
1 Months Ago

these are the kind of "feel good" stories which, as Karin so rightly points out, expose the extreme irony and hypocrisy of caring for one animal while supporting the torture and murder of countless other animals in the name of profit.

“So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” - Sarah Kiser

http://www.befairbevegan.com/


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Cathy
1 Months Ago

The goose is probably less dirty and more civilized than the dirty hippies who shop there. Also probably less snobbish then the rich yoga pants suburban moms who shop there too.


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Karin
1 Months Ago

And they likely sell goose meat inside. They certainly sell the tortured flesh and secretions of other animals. What hypocrisy. They want to be seen as doing the right thing. Look at some undercover footage of where their eggs, dairy and flesh foods come from.


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Texas
27 Apr 2017

Karin, I am not a meat eater, however this type of vile does not encourage people to work with you. If enough people stop purchasing meat, then they will stop having offering it at the store. Right now, this story is about SAVING an animal. Baby steps, Karin, baby steps. Go work with a reputable animal welfare group. Write your congressman. That is what makes policy. Acting nuts does not.

JOHN PASQUA
1 Months Ago

GREAT PEOPLE AT WHOLE FOODS TO HELP THIS DUCK.


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Silver wing
1 Months Ago

That\'s the most beautiful situation, nobody could have foreseen, to complete an ethical business. Everyone can only be happy about nature\'s wise development, which is purely beautiful and supports wildlife, enhances people\'s lives and is good for an ethical business.


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Karin
26 Apr 2017

They sell meat in the store...and likely they sell goose meat.

David J Trask
1 Months Ago

What an act based on respect for the ;lives of other creatures. And this can serve as an example to all and especially business\'s the regards the animal kingdom as a burden to be rid og.


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Karin
26 Apr 2017

They sell the dead flesh and secretions of animals in their store. Animals who were just as important as that goose and valued their lives just as much.

Kate
1 Months Ago

While this is at Whole Foods I would credit the individuals and not the company. They do some good and abad things as I have learned. What the people did for the geese is very commendable though and I thank them. It is an odd place to lay eggs-hoepfully they\'ll pick a more obscure place next year as they are vulnerable once the store closes to predators and evil people. They could stand up to nonhuman predators maybe but people can be cruel and dangerous.


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