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Chinese police use geese as guard dogs

Posted on Thursday, 1 August, 2013 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Some authorities in China have come up with an unexpected alternative to the traditional guard dog.

The use of geese in place of dogs to guard police stations seems to be gaining in popularity. In one incident in China's Xinjiang Province, a man attempted to break in to a police station to retrieve his confiscated motorbike when the 'guard geese' sounded the alarm with their trademark honking. It might sound like a strange idea, but geese have excellent hearing and eyesight while the noise they make is sure to draw attention to any break-ins.

Geese also tend to be very territorial animals, meaning that they are unlikely to fly off in the middle of the night and will react with hostility when someone is there. Whether we will see geese being used as a mainstream form of guard animal in place of dogs elsewhere in the world however remains to be seen.

"Police in rural parts of China's Xinjiang Province are no longer turning to dogs to stand guard at police stations at night."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by QuiteContrary on 1 August, 2013, 23:05
Yep. But they are mostly all bark. If you stand up to them, they don't have any defense or attack moves. The initial jump is all. They pinch a little bit, but a good kick will get you the upper hand. Ah, but my husband was bending down to pick up the gosling, not even looking at mama. By the time he heard "swoosh" "swoosh", and stood up and saw her it was too late. She knocked him clean on his butt. His best friend never laughed so hard. They can be intimidated, I've read. Supposedly, you need to stand your ground and not act afraid, not cover your face and not wave your arms and such. Never t... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sundew on 1 August, 2013, 23:07
Geese are well known for being an early warning system, Guinea Fowl also make a racket when someone enters their territory. But for a feathered "guard dog" nothing beats a flock of Cassowaries, haha!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Myles on 2 August, 2013, 0:05
Ah, but my husband was bending down to pick up the gosling, not even looking at mama. By the time he heard "swoosh" "swoosh", and stood up and saw her it was too late. She knocked him clean on his butt. His best friend never laughed so hard. They can be intimidated, I've read. Supposedly, you need to stand your ground and not act afraid, not cover your face and not wave your arms and such. Never tried it though. I've gone rounds with rooster and that was enough for me!!! I've had my run inns with a rooster as well.
Comment icon #24 Posted by QuiteContrary on 2 August, 2013, 0:07
I've had my run inns with a rooster as well. Some are nasty crazy ------------- that's for sure!
Comment icon #25 Posted by Zaphod222 on 2 August, 2013, 2:18
The ancient Greeks did that already. Really not a new idea.
Comment icon #26 Posted by pallidin on 2 August, 2013, 5:20
I'll stick with my Doberman and German Shepard. Much more alert, and they have much more of an "after-bite"
Comment icon #27 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 2 August, 2013, 5:28
Pretty clever. Although, wouldn't a dog be just as, if not more effective? The biting, the barking? But I guess the geese would surprise someone.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Technocrat on 2 August, 2013, 11:06
Goose attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=AMdhAFPWzFw
Comment icon #29 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 2 August, 2013, 18:31
Goose attack: http://www.youtube.c...p?v=AMdhAFPWzFw Goose-Fu!
Comment icon #30 Posted by brlesq1 on 20 August, 2013, 13:34
Didn't the Romans use geese as "watchdogs?" I remember reading that somewhere.


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