Duran "Rio" was one of two human-imprinted ganders we named Duran
Duran. They came to us as eight-year-old owner surrenders in 2008 and were quickly dubbed "The
Pit Vipers" due to their very nasty manners (which is why they were
surrendered). Rio had blue eyes and Moon has brown eyes.
After lots of attention and TLC we taught the boys some wonderful new manners
and they were able to successfully join our resident gaggle. Not long after
this, the boys were adopted to their new family. Unfortunately, the boys did not
bond with the new family's goose who needed a companion and they managed to
un-learn all of their nice, new manners.
While wonderfully interactive, the boys like to test their boundaries and
without proper guidance can soon get out of hand. So once again we carefully
reminded "The Duranosaurs" of proper etiquette and once again they fell into a
happy life here at Majestic. Wonderful geese, they both run up to greet us every time we enter
their pen. They eat grass, lettuce treats and watermelon out of our
hands, although Moon was much gentler about it than Rio was!
Sadly, in 2010 Rio succumbed to renal failure and had to be put to sleep to
avoid any pain and suffering. Moon was allowed to be present to ensure he would
understand and then careful attention was given to Moon to keep him from falling
into a depression during his period of mourning.
Duran "Moon," the gentler of the two ganders, deeply mourned his
brother's loss. To help him recover, we welcomed in a female Pilgrim goose into
our sanctuary who we named River in memory of Rio.
A spark instantly flew between Moon and River and they were often seen wandering around their
enclosure leisurely together or sleeping side-by-side in the sun.
While having a lady friend much improved his Moon's demeanor, he still
remained depressed and succumbed to re-occurring infections and illness because of his
Moon's health took a sudden crash on July 2, 2012 and after attempting all
possible intervention, we helped him cross quietly over to the other side.
Duran "Moon" (front) and Duran "Rio" (back)
Duran Moon (Right) and River (Left) meet for the first time
Moon (back) & River (front) share a watermelon