Nursing mom fights bald eagle to save goose

As Cait Oakley used to be to breastfeed daughter Willow, she heard her pet goose, Frankie, screeching in front of the house. Oakley saw something was wrong, so she peered out and saw an eagle circling her beloved pet. She ran out half-naked, Willow still to her chest, and the drama intensified when the bird of prey grabbed Frankie, who was flapping her wings furiously trying to break free.

“I went to the front door with Willow clutching me just thinking ‘I’ll have a look out the window’ and then in that split second the eagle came down and it was standing at my front door. So I threw open the door. At that point there was no place to put Willow,” Oakley, 29, of North Saanich, British Columbia, told IPS. TODAY Parents† “It was just a split second response. I have chased (birds of prey) quite often – usually not with a baby.”

The mother wore only her underwear and held a feeding 4-month-old baby. She chased the eagle to save her goose. It worked – the eagle dropped Frankie. Her doorbell camera captured the encounter, which her husband shared on social media. (Frankie Goose has a TikTok account.) It quickly went viral. Even though a lot of people have seen the mother of three children – Willow, now 5 months old, Rome, 2 and Ryder, 8 – topless and in her underwear, she is not ashamed. She just fed her child and took care of her pet.

“I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘Whatever, I’m feeding my baby,'” she said. “That was part of life.”

After their doorbell camera caught Cait Oakley saving her pet goose from an eagle, her husband shared the video on social media.  (Courtesy of Caitlin Oakley)

After their doorbell camera caught Cait Oakley saving her pet goose from an eagle, her husband shared the video on social media. (Courtesy of Caitlin Oakley)

While many have applauded the mom’s superhero feat, Oakley said that’s exactly what moms do.

“I don’t even really think about it,” Oakley said. “It feels like an achievement I guess, but for me this was a day in the life.”

Oakley and her family live on an acre of land and raise chickens, ducks and geese. The chickens attract “an abundance of predators”, so she has had to fight several animals that they tried to get. In the week of the video eagle attack, the family lost three chickens to a species of bird of prey. They’ve had Frankie for about a year now; geese often protect flocks of chickens because they can be aggressive. But Frankie is “calm” and enjoys her human companions.

“She’s part of our family. Like she just came to see what I was doing in the yard,” Oakley said. “She’s always around us and the kids.”

Cait Oakley's family has chickens that attack predators.  She has gained a lot of experience in deterring predators that try to eat her offspring.  (Courtesy of Caitlin Oakley)

Cait Oakley’s family has chickens that attack predators. She has gained a lot of experience in deterring predators that try to eat her offspring. (Courtesy of Caitlin Oakley)

Oakley’s heroism was even featured on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” in a segment aptly named “The Kind Of Story We Need Right Now.”

Oakley said any breastfeeding mom knows what it’s like to juggle a nursing baby while taking care of the family. This time it was all about fending off predators.

“Breastfeeding itself is a full-time job. You have a baby with you all the time, and when you have other kids, you’re juggling them,” she said. “This was second nature to me.”

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