I am wary of swans

By Gill
@Gillygirl (30040)
Sutton, England
May 23, 2019 3:18am CST
I have been wary of swans since a friend and I took a motorboat out on the river Arun many years ago. We passed a swan and her cygnets. The swan suddenly flew towards us. We had a big umbrella in the boat and cowered behind it. After a minute or so the swan gave up. She must have thought we a threat to her cygnets. On Tuesday another friend and I went for a walk along the river Wandle, which is not far from where I live. We came across this majestic swan and her babies. My friend got close to take a photo whilst I kept my distance. It was a lovely walk and I have added a link to the river Wandle trail. My photo was taken by my friend The husband. (the one with the big belly) has a day off today so we'll be going out mid-morning. Do you have any plans for today?
https://www.londonslostrivers.com/river-wandle.html
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@LadyDuck (223261)
• Switzerland
23 May
Swans are beautiful but they have a very bad temper, I never get close to a swan, especially if there are cygnets around. Curious that in English baby swan are called cygnets, we call adult swans "Cigni".
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
They are lovely to look at but nasty when protecting the cygnets. Interesting that the language is similar.
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@LadyDuck (223261)
• Switzerland
24 May
@Gillygirl They are nasty also when they want the food you are giving to other animals, like ducks.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
@LadyDuck I must confess that I hadn't noticed that
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@Fleura (9674)
• United Kingdom
23 May
Great photo! I used to live on a boat and my local swan family knew me well. A couple of times I had to help them out of some sort of scrape. They knew me and where I lived so if they saw me on the way home they would swim down the river to be there waiting when I arrived.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Oh bless, they must have been used to you, therefore you were no threat. Living on a boat must have been interesting. Was that in the UK?
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@Fleura (9674)
• United Kingdom
23 May
@Gillygirl Yes it was and yes it was! I keep meaning to post some stories from that time!
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@Fleura I would be interested in reading them.
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@LowRiderX (9333)
• Serbia
23 May
They are sooo sweetI thought you asked if we had swans
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
They are lovely to look at. The swans are protective of their young in the same way we are. My friend got up close but after my experience no way!
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@LowRiderX (9333)
• Serbia
23 May
@Gillygirl And the chickens are protective too (I know from experience)
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@LowRiderX They are very clucky aren't they?
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@Sojourn (5227)
• India
23 May
Arun seems to be an Indian name, it means the Sun in Hindi.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
I didn't know that. The river Arun flows through Arundel in England
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@Sojourn (5227)
• India
23 May
@Gillygirl Well,seems like a coincidence.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@Sojourn It runs through a town called Arundel. I looked up 'Arun' but it's not the same.
Arundel in West Sussex: Arundel attractions, what's on, community events, sport, the arts, Arundel tourist information and our guide to Arundel online
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@rsa101 (19058)
• Philippines
23 May
I think swans or any other animals who has a baby to rear will have the same reaction to defend their territory and their offspring. .
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
That is very true. I would protect my offspring if necessary.
@rebelann (49247)
• El Paso, Texas
23 May
I've only seen swans from a distance so I never actually realized how big they are until I grew up and read a little about them. I was 8 when I saw those swans.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Their wing span is huge.
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@rebelann (49247)
• El Paso, Texas
23 May
I've read that about them @Gillygirl are they as aggressive as geese when protecting their young? I've seen some videos of geese chasing people and dogs.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@rebelann I think geese are nastier. Swans are okay providing they are not threatened.
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• Pamplona, Spain
23 May
I have seen a swan in full flight and they are awesome and powerful so they can get to scare you as you are not sure of what they might do. Here Swans are protected but not from kids who try to torment them and then go crying to Mum when the Swan hisses at them they are only protecting themselves and their babies.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
I heard they can easily break an arm or leg. There were a couple living in the pond in my village and someone shot them.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@lovinangelsinstead21 It was an evil thing to do as there had been swans living in the pond for many years
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• Pamplona, Spain
24 May
@Gillygirl I suppose they might have done it just for kicks you know sort of like wow look what we have done.
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@dya80dya (15366)
• Romania
23 May
Swans are beautiful. Their behavior is normal. I had a cat with kittens and she attacked me several times when I was trying to catch her kittens.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Swans are okay if they are left alone. Any species including humans could attack if their young were being threatened.
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@dya80dya (15366)
• Romania
24 May
@Gillygirl Yes. And they attack even if their young are not threatened. I noticed that my cat attacked other cats without reason .
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
@dya80dya Cats don't always get on with each other. We have a cat that visits our garden. He gets on with my two cats.
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@Hannihar (63139)
23 May
@Gillygirl I believe you are right that the both swans were afraid you would hurt the babies so acted out against you.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Yes, it didn't know we meant no harm
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@Hannihar (63139)
23 May
@Gillygirl That is very true that it did not know you meant no harm. It is too bad you could not explain it to them.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@Hannihar Lol! I should have said 'quack'
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@Juliaacv (42317)
• Canada
23 May
There are so lovely pictures in the link that you've provided-thanks for that. I believe that they are known for getting defensive if they feel a threat to their young. Don't forget to take your umbrella with you and your hubby today just in case you need to use it to hide beneath.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Thank you, Julia. We did hide under an umbrella but it was from the sun.
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@Juliaacv (42317)
• Canada
23 May
@Gillygirl No smooching under that umbrella.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
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@divalounger (2828)
• United States
25 May
Swans are beautiful but can be aggressive, especially around their young. You were lucky no one went overboard!
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
25 May
Yes, we were terrified sheltering under the umbrella.
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• United States
26 May
@Gillygirl I have never been close to one, but a wan looks like a big bird to me and that would be scary!
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
26 May
@divalounger Their wing span is huge.
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@yanzalong (10995)
• Indonesia
23 May
Yesterday I had a splitting headache, so today my plan is to rest at home to restore my condition.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
I hope that headache has gone now.
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@yanzalong (10995)
• Indonesia
23 May
@Gillygirl Getting much better now.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
@xFiacre (7436)
• Ireland
23 May
@gillygirl Today I’ll stuff the washing machine full of holiday clothes a few times and lament the fact that my holiday is now firmly over.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Hello stranger, did you have a good holiday?
@xFiacre (7436)
• Ireland
23 May
@Gillygirl Oh excellent thank you, and not a single French person tooted their horn at me.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
@xFiacre You must have been very well behaved.
@moonandstars (16446)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
25 May
Yes, the swans are protective and not always friendly. I'm glad that everything went well Trying to survive deaf 90-year old neighbour, who has a noisy telly on this weekend or several days. She only listened to news but, now watches sports events and these things are very loud. I'm sorry she's old but, this is worse than living in a college dormitory. At least, I knew against who I was fighting for
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
25 May
Oh dear, I hope you can get some peace. Have you tried talking to her? It's an awkward situation if she is hard of hearing.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
26 May
@Gillygirl She can't even hear her own bell so, it's useless. When I moved in, my roomamte told me about her just, waking me up today at 8 a.m. isn't cool.
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@nela13 (20700)
• Portugal
23 May
Swans are beautiful creatures but they can be dangerous. Your friend photo is so beautiful but I wouldn't get close to them just like you.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
I was nervous to see how close she got.
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@nela13 (20700)
• Portugal
23 May
@Gillygirl ohh I believe, I would be too.
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@BelleStarr (44547)
• United States
23 May
We had Jack overnight, my son in law is back in the hospital. Al has an appointment with the neurologist today to get botox shorts in his salivary glands, people with Parkinson's drool a lot and this is supposed to nip it in the bud.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
25 May
I thought I had commented on this. I read that Al is waiting to see if the botox works
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@BelleStarr (44547)
• United States
27 May
@Gillygirl It can take up to 10 days so it will be a while before we know for sure.
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@freak369 (5059)
• United States
24 May
I never saw baby swans before
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
Have you heard of the story, "There once was an ugly duckling"?
@andriaperry (79954)
• Anniston, Alabama
24 May
I used to fish this one area they had a pet swan, mean thing! run off that bank, it the water flapping and making noise. Done this every week.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
The naughty swan!
@Janet357 (16364)
23 May
Looking at the picture of mother swan, it suddenly made me wonder how come God Jehovah created them to have super long curling neck.
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
23 May
Goodness knows.
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@Nevena83 (26681)
• Serbia
23 May
Swans are beautiful
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@Gillygirl (30040)
• Sutton, England
24 May
Yes they are lovely to look at
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