African geese can be considered to be friendly, provided they are not harassed or provoked. If approached calmly and with respect, most African geese will allow you to pet them or even feed them. However, those that are afraid of humans may refuse to approach at all.

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Geese can be used for a variety of purposes, but are particularly well-known as main agricultural offerings in Toulouse, in southern France.
The Geese that reside at the Montpellier goose farm were brought to Toulouse from Hungary more than fifty years ago and have been used extensively ever since in the city’s fabled foie gras industry. In general, geese are considered “slow livers” which means that their livers produce large amounts of fluid – which is why they are so commonly used for making foie gras. Foie gras is literally fat liver French style food made by gavage or force feeding (injecting) a duck or goose with a tube until it accumulates enough excessive fatty substances around its liver to create an extremely sought after delicacy. Today, while production methods may have changed somewhat, geese remain an integral part of regional gastronomy across much of France; this is especially true in areas such as: Roquefort-sur-Soulzon -hence the roquefort cheese wheel traditionally having 12 geese on it-, Bergerac -famous for its béarnaise sauce-, Puy de Dôme -home to world famous Black Forest Cake- and St Tropez where Gonzo aubergines (omelettettes filled with béarnaise sauce) are also popular using Luc Brisson’s iconic Citrus d’Or brand ducks! Indeed there really isn’t much of France that doesn’t feature some variation on cordon bleu cuisine incorporating these majestic creatures


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Are badgers friendly to humans? This is a question that has long been debated by those who study these animals, as well as cage-readers and pet owners. Some animal experts believe that the majority of badgers are actually very friendly, while others claim that there are rare cases where badgers have bitten humans on purpose. In general, though, most experts would agree that the vast majority of interactions between people and wild badgers are beneficial – with both sides benefiting from close contact. Indeed, many people see these creatures as trusted friends – something that can be clearly seen when they work together to rid an area of pests or agricultural blight.


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There really is no definitive answer to this question. While it is frequently asserted that bobcats do not come out during the day, there are also reports of individuals seeing bobcats during daylight hours. This may be due to location (higher elevations tend to have more light at dawn and dusk), individual behavior, or both.

Regarding temperament, most experts agree that cats in the wild are shy by nature and will typically remain hidden when possible. In captivity however, some personalities can develop which makes them more tolerant of humans and may even approach humans for food or offers of affection. Regardless of their disposition outside of the home or zoo setting, it’s important to remember that wild animals are often much larger and stronger than domesticated cats so respect should always be shown when encountering one in close proximity (close enough for a good photo opportunity!).


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There is no one answer to this question as it depends on a variety of factors, including the individual polecat’s personality. Nevertheless, some general points can be made about polecats’friendly nature.

Polecats generally enjoy spending time alone and are not particularly social animals. They may greet you if they see you but generally do not show a lot of interest in humans. Of course, this does not mean that all polecats are unfriendly – some may be quite friendly and approachable, while others may remain more mysterious.

Generally speaking, polecats are good at hiding and will avoid confrontation if possible. If confronted or alarmed, however, they can lash out with their razor-sharp teeth in defense.

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