“You just don’t see things like that because effectively they keep themselves separate,” said Jade.

“It’s just one of those rare occurances, obviously it does happen in the wild.

“The mother was obviously still imprinting and this gosling got involved. Somehow this one has managed to slip under the radar.”

gosling 2

Although the two species are playing happy families at the moment, Jade said the mother swan could turn on the baby goose at any time, and he’s sure it is indeed a gosling.

“It’s too large to be a duckling, it’s the wrong colour to be a cygnet, it can only be a gosling!”

The cygnet family came from the swan reserve by the Holiday Inn and Jade reckons they also hatched about a week ago.

Photos: Jade Swinfen, Avon Boating.