A ruffed grouse needed a ride and this guy on the four-wheeler was nice enough to oblige him. Just don’t try to pet him, or else.
A curious grouse, apparently named George, found himself the recipient of a ride by an obliging gentleman with a 4-wheel ATV.
It was all good until the friendly guy on the machine tried a little petting, and, well, you just don’t do that on the first date.
There’s a school of thought about why some grouse act this way, and reading what biologist Lisa Williams had to say about it makes a lot of sense.
Still, could this grouse be spoiling for a fight or is it just as it looks- another friendly creature of the forest that needed a lift? When you see the bird’s reaction to the man reaching out for it at the end it might answer some questions about the whole situation.
What do you think- amiable bird or territorial grouse?