Piu Piu of Noordhoek
The 20th January was the last day Piu Piu of Noordhoek watched the glorious sunset together with me – this is his last photo! Piu Piu never understood why I did not lift up into the air together with him and fly those beautiful rounds above the valley, far out across the wetlands, the ocean and the mountains… I had taught him how to run, spread wings and fly… and then I never got up above the ground myself! What a fake goose – duhh!
He had become a very strong and courageous goose. Besides, it was clear that his hormones had kicked in; he kept listening to voices from deep down in the valley, where the other geese met before leaving for lusher grounds as here the sun had licked up every drop in the dam and the little Piu Piu Pond was fun to dive in but nothing compared with the water and reeds he had experienced so abundantly in the dam.
And yes, there was that aggressive single female goose that came after him; I could not really decypher her intentions. Perhaps geese ladies have to be bad-tempered to be cool following goose etiquette. I don’t know.
What I do know is that on the morning of the 21st of January such a ‘rendez-vous’ took place on the lawn and since then he disappeared. We had hoped he’d return perhaps at night to cuddle his ‘cow’, but no. Oh, he would sure be back in the morning for his early treats… but no. Clear enough, someone or something else has taken over – and despite the pain this truly caused, we hope he’s finally where a wild Egyptian goose belongs, happy and enjoying the thrill of life. We were blessed to experience his first few months, of which I have documented each day. There is a whole story waiting to be edited to go up on YouTube – one day.
Of course, nothing would make me happier than seeing him visiting one day… and who knows? This may well happen!
Have a wonderful Piu Piu Day!
PS: Meanwhile, the novel “Piu Piu of Noordhoek” is complete and being revised! Watch for updates!