Welcome to our Sunday Selfie post – this wonderful true story is a once in a lifetime event. We have never seen it before and probably never will again, so we are sharing it with you.
Yesterday one of our Black Swans was severely beaten up by another Black Swan, possibly it’s own parent who was forcing it to leave home. When we arrived, the injured one was laying on the side of a busy road – total disaster.
Mum (Michele), trapped him in her large net and had to lay on the ground wrestling with him to get him under control. Some cars pulled up to see if everything was alright (woman wrestling a large swan on the side of a road!)
Grand-pop had the car so Michele had to carry the swan home, in her arms, with the net still over his head. She then crated him and he was ready to travel. Meanwhile, she phoned a Swan Expert who told her to remove the swan and examine it, which she did. If it was tricky putting the Swan in the cage, it was trickier to get him out!
He was able to be re-released into another location, so we loaded him into the car and drove to an enormous waterway, an hour away.
Magnificent Love Story!
Opening the crate, we had to wrestle the swan out of the crate – again – but this time it was for freedom. As he tentatively waddled into the water, four big adult Swans appeared and started after him. Oh NO. He swam as fast as he could and Michele distracted the four by pretending to have a sandwich for them (which she did not.). He got away and hid in a distant corner, near a concrete barrier, which stops boats entering the waterway.
We were already walking to check on our Swan when another Black Swan appeared waddling over the concrete barrier and heading straight to our Swan; he entered the water and swam straight to ours. It was love at first sight!
The two Swans bonded instantly and began duck-diving together in unison, looking for food under the surface of the water. Then they started wrapping their necks around each other. We stayed with them for 30 minutes and took over 300 photographs.
This was a magical event. Our swan had gone from being beaten up and laying on the side of the road, battered and bruised, to being in-love. Swans mate for life and this Swan now has a wonderful life with a new partner.
The next sequence of photos is the header photograph (top of page): duck-diving underwater together.
Swan Fast Facts
Swans mate for life and live up to 40 years old.
When old enough to leave home, the adults will attack their own youngster to force it to leave home.
Male swans will fight to the death, but most only get badly bruised and ruffled.
Swans eat mainly aquatic vegetation.
Male swans are called cobs, females are pens, and young are cygnets.
Swans are known to have a triumph ceremony. Such ceremonies are when a male attacks a rival suitor, then returns to his potential mate to perform an elaborate ceremony while posturing and calling.
We also took these photos yesterday, of some of the other Swans on the same waterway.
Thank you for visiting us and I hope you’ll come back next week too. We rescue a huge assortment of animals so we try and post a different animal each week. We made an exception today because of the rarity of witnessing the Swans bonding.
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