Holy crap, tiny gosling chicks jump 400 feet off a cliff to survive

If you think Red Bull gives you wings or that buying a GoPro makes your life awesome, I think these tiny little gosling chicks have something to tell you: mother nature doesn't need that for thrills. Look at them 'base jump' off a 400 foot cliff 'without a parachute' and hit the side of the mountain and still survive.


Damn. This footage was captured in David Attenborough's Life Story which shows a bunch of barnacle goslings in their nest on a cliff in Greenland. The geese parents are 400 feet down below and are encouraging the chicks to make the jump, I mean, this is a twisted game of survival they're playing here. Stay up there on the rocky cliffs and you can't eat grass, jump and you might die (you can't fly either).

They're going to hit the side of the cliff (as you'll see in the vide) but as the BBC writes:

Without robust wings necessary to fly down the cliff, the newly hatched goslings' best chance is a lucky parachute-style drop. How the chicks land is the ultimate decider of life or death.

If the chicks bounce on their fluffy bellies on the way down, they are more likely to survive the impacts. They must be reunited with their parents on the scree slope below – then evade hungry predators.

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This really take the whole "my parents dropped me when I was a baby" to a whole new level.