Breastfeeding Mom Saves Pet Goose from Bald Eagle

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If you’re wondering what moms are willing to do for their babies (both human and fur), the answer for this Canadian mother is… anything. While the title of this article pretty much sums up what went down, it’s something you really have to see to believe.

Cait Oakley from Saanich, British Columbia was breastfeeding her daughter Willow when she heard her pet goose, Franky, making an odd noise near their front door. When she looked out to see what was amiss, there was a massive bald eagle trying to carry Franky away. Cue the mother instinct, which kicked in big time for Oakley, who rushed out the door sans shirt while her baby was still latched on and saved the large waterbird from certain death.


We have lost 3 chickens in the last week from what I was told was eagles which I believed hawks were preying on them but watch Frankie (our female goose) get taken. Mama bear mid breast feeding protecting her sweet Frankie. Officially living at a zoo 🦅 #nature #geese #eagle #eagleattack #yyj #victoriabc #eagles #mamabear #geeseofinstagram #eaglesofinstagram #canadasnature #naturechannel

♬ original sound – Mikey

It’s worth noting at this stage that Franky isn’t just any goose, she’s a TikTok sensation with almost 60,000 followers, because that just feels right for this story.

“I went to the front door with Willow latched on me, just thinking, I’ll take a peek out the window, and that’s when in that split second the eagle came down, and it was at my front door,” Oakley told TODAY Parents. “So I threw the door open. There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point. It was just a split-second reaction. I[‘ve] chased off (birds of) prey many many times—usually not with a baby.” Leave it to a mom to tell the story like it’s no big thing, just a natural part of her morning routine.

Oakley’s quick thinking saved sweet Franky, and the eagle dropped her mid-attack, likely from the shock of what was transpiring right before its eyes. The family’s doorbell camera caught the entire encounter, which her husband shared on TikTok, and we thank him profusely for doing so.

“It’s just that fight-or-flight response,” the mom-of-three told CBS. “This is mom life.”

Willow, now five-months-old, is the youngest of her three kids. She is also mom to Rome, two, and Ryder, eight, who likely already know what a badass their mom is before they saw her ward off a bird of prey whilst breastfeeding.

So, what does Oakley think of herself going viral half-naked? “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘Whatever, I’m feeding my baby,’” she told TODAY. “That was a part of life.”

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