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News: UK

Wed 14 Apr, 2010
By Danielle Carter


They have regular big fights with each other, but they always seem to make it up and get back on the nest, and make friends again.

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These two swans often raise an "ahhh" from visitors to Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset – because they are just so affectionate.

The two cobs – as male swans are known – seem to have the perfect same-sex relationship. They set up a nest together two years ago – and even seem to want children.

Abbotsbury general manager John Houston said: "The two cobs are in the middle of 150 nests with pen (a female swan) and cobs on.



"Suddenly, in the last two years, these two guys have set up their own nest. They will even sit on it for a couple of months like all the other nesting pairs here, as if they are expecting eggs to appear."

And lovers' tiffs are a regular happening on the nest, according to Mr Houston.

He explained: "They have regular big fights with each other, but they always seem to make it up and get back on the nest, and make friends again."

The swannery is the only colony of swans that the public can visit anywhere in the world – and the swans have been there for thousands of years, dining on eel grass and rearing their cygnets on the freshwater streams.

The first of this year's hatchings will happen on May 14.
"Anyone coming to see this couple will be able to see all the eggs hatching around them," said Mr Houston.

So is there a chance of this same-sex couple being able to adopt?

Mr Houston said: "We do have some adoption fostering pens on the site of the old rearing pens used by medieval monks for farming the swans. The swan herds put a good family of a pen and a cob in with lost, abandoned cygnets and they always bond.

So I suppose if the swan herds chose to, they would put the two cobs in with some cygnets, but they wouldn't interfere like that."
Meanwhile, we can only assume the gay swans are looking forward to a summer of love.

It's just one of those quirky natural things that happen every so often," laughed Mr Houston.

 

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