MUTE SWAN DEFAECATION AND PREENING

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“On the sunny afternoon of 25th May 2012, I was strolling along the peaceful shores of Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie region, France) and admiring the blinding white plumage of the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, French name: Cygne Tuberculé) as it drifted across the shallow waters like a ballerina on stage. Then all of a sudden, this picture of grace and beauty was disrupted when the swan leaned toward one side and silently defaecated into the clear waters in a dense cloud that was equivalent to a bowl of green bean soup (above). This must have consisted of the digested vegetable matter that forms much of its natural diet.

“Soon after, the swan regained its graceful composure and began to preen itself quietly, carefully tending to all its snowy white feathers and ensuring that they remain in pristine condition (above & below).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
12th June 2012

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