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I’m shaving just like daddy!


Uncle B was able to get quite close and observe our new swan behbehs. How they’ve grown. The little dude at left…B thinks the same one is often off by himself, away from the other eight. We don’t know if he’s alpha cygnet or special needs cygnet.

Anyway, he was able to take some footage without disturbing them. Check it out. It’s so obvious Timmy Cygnet is imitating Mommy Swan (or Daddy Swan, hard to tell).

I wouldn’t know. I’m not into swans. I’m strictly a disciple of chickenology. This week’s lesson: What is chicken welfare? Defining “welfare”, ethical obligations, and welfare standards.

I just hope it’s not going to be a lot of depressing videos of meat farms.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: May 23, 2016, 9:33 pm

Cute video, and the one that youtube served up next was about a fellow freeing a young cygnet that was stuck in a fence while one of the parents was slapping the poor fellow around a bit.

Comment from Nina
Time: May 23, 2016, 10:03 pm

I need to read this again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trumpet_of_the_Swan

I think it’s in a box somewhere, waiting for grandchildren to be old enough to read it!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 23, 2016, 10:37 pm

Apologies for the shaky video. I was leaning at a crazy angle and didn’t dare go and get a tripod.

Comment from Bob B
Time: May 24, 2016, 4:07 am

I sincerely hope you are upwind and not downwind of the swans.
Years ago we went camping and there were swans nearby. Despite the noise, we thought it was wonderful, nature and all of that. Then the wind shifted and we got the full power of the odor of swan shit. Suddenly, it wasn’t wonderful any longer.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 24, 2016, 7:09 pm

They don’t live in that spot, Bob B. They live downstream a hundred yards or so. Our bank, for some reason, is a place the parents have always liked to climb out and sun.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 25, 2016, 5:25 pm

Bob, they have to be better than penguins. Jackass penguins live up the African and South American coasts up into the tropics. so zookeepers like them, as they can be kept outdoors. The Henry Vilas Zoo, in Madison, used to have an outdoor pengie pond. I think pengies turn everything they eat, into ammonia. Zounds, but they smell bad!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 25, 2016, 5:27 pm

Isn’t chicken welfare how they scam society, and keep from getting jobs, like decent animals?

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: May 27, 2016, 5:20 am

Careful with them things! I saw a swan make god’s own mess out of two dobermans who were just curious about the cute bebbehs.

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