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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bewick Swans divorce!

Two Bewick Swans who have returned to Slimbridge have "divorced".

Over the past 40 years 4,000 pairs of Bewicks have been studied and this is only the second split they have seen.

When the male bird turned up with a new partner staff feared the worst for his partner but a couple of days later his old partner returned with a new male in tow. Both pairs of swans are now over-wintering in close proximity on the lake at Slimbridge.

As for why they may have split, Julia Newth of the WWT said:

Failure to breed could be a possible reason, as they had been together for a couple of years but had never brought back a cygnet, but it is difficult to say for sure.


Tricia said...

Aw - at least this has a happy ending :D

(and no solicitors and expense involved either)

oldcrow61 said...

Divorce! I wonder who got all the money, lol. Nice that they found someone else.

Attila The Mom said...

Hope there's no fights when they meet up at the buffet! ;-)