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Rómeó the Goose Herds Lambs in West Fjords

The pet goose Rómeó surprised its owners by assisting them with driving lambs into the stables at the farm Miðhús in Kollafjörður, the West Fjords. Rómeó, who was originally supposed to be a dinosaur, was raised with a rooster called Kafteinn.

sheep-roundup2007_esaArchive photo by Eygló Svala Arnardóttir.

“The goose performed excellently and helped us herding the lambs until the last one was inside the stables,” farmer Viðar Guðmundsson at Miðhús told Fréttablaðið.

Rómeó came to become a pet at the farm after nine-year-old Matthías Schram, who lived nearby, expressed his wish in the spring to breed dinosaurs. To humor Matthías, his father, Kristinn Schram, put one goose egg and one hen egg in an incubator.

“Rómeó and the rooster Kafteinn were raised in our backyard but when we moved south they were fostered at Miðhús,” said Kristinn. The pet fowls are well taken care of by their foster family and take part in the daily life at the farm.

“The rooster doesn’t help out much but is good company for the goose. So far it has taken more interest in it than in the hens at the farm but he can have it his own way; we’re so liberal here in the country,” stated Viðar.

He said the sheep were surprised at the new herder but the goose did a good job as it could fly over the herd and pay attention to everything. “The sheepdog Elding helped her out and everything went smoothly. It is a unique sheep herding team,” the farmer concluded.


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