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    Man drowned by a Swan...

    I've Just found this...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17736292

    Has anyone actually been attacked by a swan?

    As a child I remember one 'rushing' us as we went past in a canoe and some of the ones down on the Quay can get pretty feisty if I get too close taking the Kayak for a paddle.

    You've always heard about the swan breaking a mans arm but I'd never for a minute have thought one could a hold back a grown man fighting for his life?
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    A swan pecked/nutted my mate through the open window of a canal boat, t'other year, when we were on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal. It was early May so I suppose the swans were nesting but given the fact that it was the Leeds/Liverpool Canal, the swans there are hard ba5tard5, anyway. ;)

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    Was he looking at the Swan's Missus?

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    Nah, I think he'd spilled the swan's pint.

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    Actually we'd just moored up and were having a spot of lunch - made all six of us jump quite a bit..................not as much as Matt, like, but it was as funny as fook.

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    Having a read of the article it seems he deals with swans by way of a job. Now, not wanting to cast any stones or owt but it's possible he was a cruel wanker and antagonised the swan some years earlier and the swan was merely exacting revenge. Not saying it's the case, just saying it's possible.

    A bit like that elephant that attacked that guy some years ago now (made famous by the vid) - you could see that the beast made a bee-line for that particular handler and ignored others standing in front of him. I suspect cruelty in that case, also...

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    Crafty fekkers swans, got ambushed by about 30 of em' when I was canoieng.They all gathered along with their mates around a bend in the canal and attacked us, quite scary really!

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    I got bitten by a goose once, do I get half a point?

    I was about 6 years old and my last thought was "why's Mum legging it and jumping over that shrub?"

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    Swans are Satan in a white feathered suit.

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    Reckon they taste good though.

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    Love to see the risk assessment to go with this event

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    Can't believe that grabbing its neck and twisting would not have sorted it out. Smacking one with a hardtail does BTW if your attacked whilst riding the towpath.

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    This is almost poocore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalesman View Post
    Can't believe that grabbing its neck and twisting would not have sorted it out. Smacking one with a hardtail does BTW if your attacked whilst riding the towpath.
    Exactly, I'm not saying I'm Tarzan but I think I could 'take out' a swan trying to kill me?

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    I doubt you could whilst in the water, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby View Post
    Reckon they taste good though.
    *reads in a Polish accent*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Frii View Post
    I doubt you could whilst in the water, though.



    *reads in a Polish accent*

    Eh? The Queen's German isn't she?

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    Fool. I was referring to the recentish urban myth-type allegations of Polish immigrants capturing and eating swans.

    Although I'm now reading your post with a thick Texan accent...

    Reckon they taste good though.

    See...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHB 10.6.6 View Post
    Exactly, I'm not saying I'm Tarzan but I think I could 'take out' a swan trying to kill me?
    I'd bet the guy saw the swan coming at him , and braced himself putting his weight on the other side of the canoe .
    The bird hit him with enough momentum to capsize his plastic tub .
    He inhaled lots of water in panic before surfacing , then proceeded to flail his way to the shore blindly whilst the bird kept attacking him enough to prevent him from clearing his lungs/breathing .
    Basically he sh!t himself , capsized , then drowned in panic .
    He would have worn a buoyancy jacket , and if he just floated on his back and took the blows from the bird he would be alive .

    All IMHO .

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