University Administration was recently forced to foot the bill for a new fence after frequent reports kept coming in regarding a certain aggressive and nesting swan. Come to find out, the swan was attacking only “foreign and ethnic minority” passersby.
The 4 foot tall swan, deemed a racist on social media sites, has been recently harassing students that passed over a bridge onto a small footpath. Students frequently travel this route as they aim to get to class on campus from their dorms.
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As it turns out however, the swan is only instigative with a select few. A 24-year-old student from India recently spoke to reporters saying, “These swans are very annoying, and the students feel as though they’re being bullied. I’m from India, and they attack me especially, they focus straight on me.”
Expressing that frustration further, the student also noted, “We’ve been warned that the swans will be a bit feisty at this time of year, but they go for me all year round. I think they don’t like too many Indians in England – maybe the swans here are a little bit racist.”
The student from India isn’t alone either as Albertina Crocetti, originally from Italy, stated, “It’s bizarre, she doesn’t seem to like foreigners and attacks them to defend her nest. She’s a true right winger that’s for sure – they certainly seem to be racially motivated incidents.”
Despite Crocetti’s astute political discernings, she went on to share, “It’s scary as I know they can some damage, it’s safer now she’s been fenced off so nobody gets hurt.”
Explaining the true erratic, or seemingly erratic, nature of the fowl, Palkein Ratra, relayed, “I saw the swan yesterday evening, my friend was on the bridge and he was eating and the swan just randomly started biting off his jeans.”
Apparently the swan’s actions aren’t all that out of the ordinary as school officials have been warning students to stay away from the water fowl for quite some time. According to the Daily Mail, “During the March to May breeding season, swans become very territorial and can be aggressive to any intruders.”
The manager of Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, Geoff Grewcock, drove this point home saying, “Because it’s breeding season, it would be normal for swans to behave that way – particularly if they’re in a pair, as in this case.”
“The females will be laying eggs or nesting, and this is a territorial thing – there’s nothing you can do to appear less threatening, it’s best to keep well away,” Grewcock added. “It will go on for another eight or twelve weeks, but they can actually get even more aggressive once they get cygnets (baby geese).”
Giving a warning to anyone that comes into contact with a goose or swan that is a little more than aggressive, Grewcock notes, “When a swan bites you, it can hurt, but it’s more their wings you have to worry about – they can bruise your legs when they flap them at you.”
What do you think – is it really possible for a bird to be racist or could there be some real reason the swan is acting in such a way? Let us know in a comment below.