Check out our new gosling picture — and enter our naming contest

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They’re getting big, these duckers!

The four miracle goslings of Prospect Park — the first Canada Geese born since federal authorities slaughtered 300 waterfowl in the name of aviation security — are doing what comes naturally, if this picture is any indication.

Our shutterbug Tom Callan — who could teach those boys at National Geographic a lesson or two — captured this little guy (gal?) chowing down on some prime meat on Wednesday morning.

The Mutual of Omaha moment really showed off how quickly these babies are growing — and again highlighted one of the best nativity stories since Arnold Schwarzene­gger’s love child.

No goslings were supposed to be born this season, thanks to efforts to prevent another massacre by humanely treating eggs so that they would not develop into geese.

Well, you know what happened: Nature finds a way!

Historic occurrances like the goslings’ live birth present historic opportunities — so the goose-loving editorial board of The Brooklyn Paper is putting together that never-tired canard of community newspapers: a naming contest.

Send your suggested name for this bird to We’ll present the best 10 names to the Prospect Park Alliance, and if the name sticks, we’ll make sure you get more than a little bird feed (by the way, it’s wrong to feed geese in the park — but you knew that!).

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PattyA from Manhattan says:
What a beautiful, precious photo!

Come on, people, let's come up with some very special and gorgeous names for these little gems.

As always, thanks to the Brooklyn Paper for looking out for the vulnerable and persecuted.

You deserve a Noble prize!
May 20, 2011, 3:09 am
MB from WT says:
Loving this shot, Tom Callan!
Thanks Brooklyn Paper for helping us to help save this new family!

How anyone could come in and gas this little one is beyond comprehension.
May 20, 2011, 6:17 am
Baxter from WT says:
Adorable! Thank you Brooklyn Paper for your unrelenting coverage of this important topic. The geese are loved by this community, and that message needs to be hammered home to the uncaring politicians, USDA, and park administration who have thumbed their noses at the ongoing public outcry over last year's massacre.
May 20, 2011, 7:23 am
annie from prospect park southwest says:
have the names been chosen yet?
May 20, 2011, 10 am
Johanna Clearfield from Park Slope says:
L'IL ABE: for Abe Lincoln who spoke often of the value of wildlife; MARTY - for MLK who Had a Dream, as we all share, a dream for freedom and happiness
JOHNNY- for JFK - who stood for a young and compassionate America
& LETITIA - because we need a girl's name! (for Letitia James, lock Rep who LOVES our geese)
-->I think we should go patriotic because there is nothing more American than our treasured wildlife.
May 20, 2011, 10:43 am
Scott from Staten Island says:
John, Paul, George and Gersh
May 20, 2011, 11:02 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Poor thing why name it, if its gonna be slaughtered in the long run.?
May 20, 2011, 1:52 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:

Noble prize?

I think you wanted to say Nobel prize - and if you did, you were wrong about that as well when you meant the journalist' prize - Pulitzer Prize.

Another area of expertise?
May 20, 2011, 2:38 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:

3 names of great leaders cut down in their prime?

You said it. . .
May 20, 2011, 2:42 pm
Liz from Brooklyn says:
What about Faith, Hope, Love and Integrity-

Am sure OR from Yellow Hook would disagree because he/she would have a problem relating to any of these .
May 20, 2011, 2:57 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:

How about Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
May 20, 2011, 3:16 pm
Liz from Brooklyn says:
Why not?

As long as they are "allowed" to stay right where they are.

AND in one piece.
May 20, 2011, 7:25 pm
Joey from Prospect says:
Where's the mother ducker?
May 20, 2011, 10:28 pm
Cynthia from clinton hill says:
probly slaughterd.
May 21, 2011, 12:58 am
Cathryn from Brooklyn Heights says:
Brooklyn paper should really monitor the offensive responses to this heartwarming story.
May 21, 2011, 6:40 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
They have wings - and will be able to fly at some point Liz, so don't stop them from leaving.
May 21, 2011, 7:03 am
Justin from Slope says:
OH MY! That cute, poor, defenseless, little worm is getting ravaged by that blood-thristy bird of prey! Gruesome.
May 21, 2011, 1:41 pm
Rina Deych, RN from Boro Park says:
Adorable! : )
May 22, 2011, 8:20 pm
gus from Manhattan says:

How about if YOU grow wings?
No one will stop you from leaving either.

You add nothing of any intelligence to this page, noble, Nobel or otherwise. By the way, what's YOUR area of expertise? We've yet to find one in anything you write.

You could use a new name as well.
I think you already can guess what my suggestion is. And I have no doubt you're quite used to hearing it.
May 23, 2011, 6:16 pm

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