Wild Swan Rewards Its Rescuer With A Big Hug
June 22, 2018 13:29 By Fabiosa
While visiting the Abbotsbury Swannery, UK, a few years ago, Richard Wiese, host of the TV program 'Born to Explore', encountered an injured swan. The graceful bird expressed its gratitude in a touching gesture that is one of the most emotional moments shared between a human and an animal.
Wiese visited the swan sanctuary to help with the rehabilitation initiative. According to ABC News, this swan got injured flying into a fence. Despite looking all cute and romantic these birds are notorious for being mean and aggressive to people. Maybe, they are aware of their chosen status (the Queen owns all swans in the UK) and enjoy it to the fullest.
Knowing this, Wiese was trying to be very cautious and tried to soothe the swan before transportation. Nobody expected it would go so well.
This is how the television presenter described the experience:
When I put it next to me I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine. It's a wonderful moment when an animal totally trusts you.
As mentioned before, swans are not a typical cuddly species. They are very territorial and are on the defensive when their nest, for example, is approached by a human.
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However, this one wasn’t aggressive while handled by Wiese. Instead, the bird seemed to be completely assured and felt perfectly safe in its rescuer's arms. More than that, it obviously felt friendly and good giving the man a big hug, winding its neck around Wiese’s.
It’s like their long necks are designed for this!
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