Swan Is Not a Fan of Golf


Is this what is called a ‘birdie?’ A nest with eggs or chicks (actually called cygnets) must have been nearby, and mom or dad swan felt the need to defend.  Actually, swans, as elegant and majestic as they are, can break a man’s leg with the right wallop from their wings.

There are a number of accounts of swans not only attacking, but also injuring humans, particularly in Europe where mute swans are more abundant in public areas. The victims are usually rowers, kayakers and anglers venturing too close to either nests or adults with young. For instance, in April 2010, a mute swan on the River Cam in England made national news after repeatedly attacking rowers and causing cuts and bruises.