Golfers observed an alligator being followed by a gaggle of geese into the middle of their golf course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
We've seen some truly ridiculous occurrences where animals just exhibit the weirdest behavior. In fact, most people who live in the countryside or the suburbs can witness a whole range of woodland critters just pop up around their homes and neighborhoods. Most people have affirmed that they are ready to expect the wildest and craziest sights with regards to the animals in their locality.
In a rather bizarre incident, an alligator was followed by a gaggle of geese that entered the 'Champion' golf course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And since it happened during the second annual Christie’s Critters Invitational, the golfers were amusingly surprised at their new spectators. They didn't lose their cool and scramble or do anything that disturbed the animals. The golfers observed the large reptile move through the course followed by the geese, who were not too far behind it.
What about these animals anyway? What was an alligator and a bunch of geese doing all the way out there!? Well from what it looks like, the geese seemed to be slowly following the alligator as it slowly crept its way through the course. It seemed like the geese were angry at the reptile for some reason, from their collective attitude in the way they followed and squawked at the alligator.
However, animals have strange ways of communicating with each other, so it may just be that the alligator was leading them somewhere. But, it could also be that the alligator had perhaps eaten a stray goose belonging to that particular flock? And there's always the possibility of the geese just doing "crazy animal things" and following the alligator around on a warm sunny day because... why not!?
They aren't chasing him. Stalking him or following him?...sure. But he doesn't gaf about them. If he viewed this as a chase scenario he would have run. Alligators can move fast, they can even run on two legs... https://t.co/XoNGChCMd9— CrystalshineMarie (@CrystalshineMa) July 19, 2019
Yep, just like Canadians, stick together is small masses to overcome larger obstacles or just drive out the problem. https://t.co/0B9plPagjg— Bud Kushburn (@BudKushburn) July 22, 2019
The psychology of animals differs from humans in many aspects. Animals rely on each other, too. Some have lifelong relationships with other organisms. Most species are more or less symbiotic with others, from the birds who peck insects from bulls to the honeyguide bird which leads the badger to a beehive for their meal.
The study of animal behavior is a cornerstone of experimental psychology, shedding light on how animals interact with each other and their environments, and why they behave the way they do. By studying animal behavior, humans can learn more about their own behavior, this correlation is studied in a field known as comparative psychology.
Were they Canadian Geese, that 'gator would have been waddling a helluva lot faster! https://t.co/HQc6fBJwfx— Andrea'sBuzzingAbout (@AndreasBuzzing) July 21, 2019
American alligators are found in the southeast United States: all of Florida and Louisiana; the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi; coastal South and North Carolina; East Texas, the southeast corner of Oklahoma, and the southern tip of Arkansas.
One good reason as to why the golfers who witnessed the alligator and the geese in the course is that it's usually rare for an alligator to chase a human on dry land. Besides, the average human could easily outrun an alligator, zigzagging or not as they top out at a speed of around 11 miles per hour (18 kph), and it can't maintain that speed for very long.
Alligators and crocodiles are truly the devil when in water, but can definitely be avoided with ease on land. So if you happen to see an alligator in your vicinity in the same way, keep calm and step as far away as possible.