Golfer chased and attacked by goose after going too close to nest on course

Incredible pictures have emerged that show the winged beast in flight, knocking over a young player while he runs away from his winged attacker.

The panicked lad glances over his shoulder as he scurries away, while the goose soars through the air to hunt him down.

The bird sends him head over heels with his golf bag on his shoulder.

Feathers fly as the winged assassin grapples with the high school pupil and he thuds against the fairway on his neck.

His legs thrust into the air, in an hit more reminiscent of the WWE 'suplex' than a quiet stroll around a golf course.

The old saying that golf is merely "a good walk spoiled" would certainly ring true for this Michigan high school student.

The teenager, who attends Blissfield High School, just over an hour's drive from Detroit, was not physically harmed in the attack.

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Although he will take better care in future if he hits his ball near a nesting bird's home in future, his goose has been cooked already.

Blissfield Athletics tweeted: "The golfers just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway.

Goose on the loose: Rising populations mark the bird as a 'pest'

  • North American ‘Canadian’ Geese are well known for being able to set up habitats in human-inhabited and densely populated areas.
  • They have a lifespan that ranges from 10 to 24 years and one specimen lasted until the age of 31.
  • Their migratory range covers most of the United States and North America.
  • Nonmigratory goose populations are on the rise on the continent and are often found on golf courses, parking garages and urban parks.
  • The birds flock in the famous ‘V’ formation.
  • Canada geese are primarily herbivores and sometimes eat small insects and fish – but not humans.
  • They are a well known pest in North America because they eat crops such as wheat, rice and corn.
  • In urban areas they eat food out of rubbish bins and food thrown by humans.
  • Geese are monogamous and stay together until the other one dies, when the other may find a new mate.

"To the left there was a goose nest and the golfers did a good job of avoiding it but the guard goose hanging out to the far right through differently."

Twitter's reaction was the usual mix of disbelief and hilarity.

Alongside a Gif of Forrest Gump sprinting, one user said: "This is how I'm going to be from now on when we're golfing if I see them lol."

Another Twitter user @autopro did not see the funny side of it though.

He tweeted: "This thins are mean in the spring – it is no joke, and people that find it "hilarious" have rotten souls – they are heavy, fly fast, and if they hit you right they can cause serious injury – glad the kid is OK – any time I am near them, my driver is in my hand and I am ready to defend."

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