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Four goslings that were never supposed to develop past the embryo stage are now waddling and squawking around Prospect Park, baffling city biologists who thought they’d successfully prevented the eggs from hatching.

The baby geese were born over the weekend — the first batch since last year’s waterfowl slaughter — despite officials’ amped efforts to track geese couples, then coat their eggs with oil.

“It shows you that nature finds a way,” said Mary Beth Artz, a wildlife advocate who spotted the peach fuzz-covered babies on Sunday. “It’s triumphant.”

Well-meaning city biologists aimed to humanely trim the park’s waterfowl population in order to keep away federal executioners who gassed Brooklyn’s feathered friends last year in the name of aviation safety.

City biologists scoured the park for weeks and discovered just two nests — a low number, due to last year’s massacre — then used edible corn oil to “addle” the eggs under the direction of the Humane Society.

The procedure prevents oxygen from reaching the developing embryo, killing it painlessly.

One of the nests is located on an island near the center of the dog beach pond, where the eggs were Sharpied with black Xs to signal that they had already been oiled. (The Brooklyn Paper got a peek at the nest last month.)

But on Sunday, a small crowd of park-goers discovered six of the teensy squawkers waddling with their proud mama. And near the would-be “addled” nest: six empty eggshells.

Confused park officials weren’t quite sure how they’d been duped by a bunch of birdbrains — but they are promising, for now, to not remove the goslings from the park. Nature has beaten them to the punch anyway, as two of the six goslings have already died, apparently of natural causes.

Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Eugene Patron said the city followed proper addling protocol, but malfunctions — like a broken condom — sometimes occur.

“As with all birth control methods, it’s not 100 percent successful,” he said. “Some geese turn their eggs much more actively, which could wear off the oil.”

But ultimately, even the city isn’t too upset about Mother Nature’s little victory. “It’s not that we’re disappoint­ed,” Patron said. “We’re just curious about what could have happened.”

Updated 1:07 pm, May 11, 2011: Updates with a fuller story.
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Reasonable discourse

Or from Yellow Hook says:
Get 'em while they are tender. 2 should fit nicely on a skewer. No need to marinate.
May 10, 2011, 9:21 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
It didn't work out when I addled your mom, Or, either.
May 10, 2011, 9:23 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
If you read back to the comments following the egg addling video presented here some weeks back, you will note that two of us questioned if the eggs had been dropped in water first to test if they were viable.

If viable, they were NOT supposed to have been oiled!

Obviously, these eggs were viable or PP would not have live goslings now.

How are we to trust "harassment" methods when the proper protocols are not even followed?
May 10, 2011, 11:53 pm
Karen from Brooklyn says:
Good Going Mother-Nature!
May 11, 2011, 8:45 am
pecosd from Park Slope says:
Or is on the side of the geese. why else would he make such obviously silly comments. He is a trying to illustrate the moronic in exaggeration. Or is he really such a nutter, dropped on he head when his mommy only half successfully addled him?
May 11, 2011, 8:47 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Or is on the side of the black ducks, the loons and the cranes.

Those are the waterfowl you no longer see because they have been overpowered by geese.

Not likely to see any of those in Prospect Park anymore.

Canada Geese are the kudzu of waterfowl.
May 11, 2011, 12:46 pm
Janey from Park Slope says:
You are not likely to see cranes in Prospect Park at any time of year. They are a midwestern species. Black Ducks and Loons may be found there in the winter.
May 11, 2011, 1:39 pm
Brooklyn Bill from Brooklyn says:
The only cranes to inhabit the park are for the lakeside construction project.
May 11, 2011, 2:17 pm
PattyA from Manhattan says:
Maybe the cranes decided they didn't like the BBQ coal runoffs and discarded fishing lines.

Maybe the black ducks didn't like the idea of old TV's being dumped in the lake.

Maybe one of the loons was shot with an arrow and decided it was time to go.

What does all that have to do with Canada geese?
May 13, 2011, 2:48 pm

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