Learning to swim is a huge childhood experience for most people. With the handy assistance of arm floaties – which is definitely the technical term – you learn to paddle through the water, equipping you with a skill for life.
Naturally, geese don’t have floaties. In their youth, they simply need to venture out into the unknown and practice as they go. Fortunately for these young goslings, they had a human helper.
Despite being naturally aquatic animals, paddling in the water can still be quite a scary experience for young geese, ducks, and other bird species. Just like little children have learned to swim for the first time with the help of floaters and human assistance, these birds also need external support before they can hold their own in the water.
Naturally, geese don’t have floaters. In their youth, they simply need to venture out into the unknown and practice as they go. Fortunately for these young goslings, they had a human helper.
On May 20, a Chinese goose farmer named Aini helped his young geese and goslings to navigate the pond for the first time by carrying them on his back. The 28-year-old took a dip in the lake, inspiring the birds to follow him in.
Aini shared the video on his TikTok account and it went viral almost immediately, garnering over 5 million views. He later explained to local media that it was the first time the goslings and ducklings had been swimming. “They were scared, so they naturally wanted to climb onto my back,” he said.
In the video, the mother goose can be seen swimming nearby, watching intently as the small birds start swimming off of Aini’s back. As he paddles around the shallows of the water, some still held onto his back for safety.