Simon Cowell from the Wildlife Aid Foundation was called to Bookham Common to assist Ranger Ian Swinney, who was concerned about a swan in one of their ponds, with a crooked neck. Though, catching the swan turned out to be a challenge, but with tons of wildlife rescues under his belt, Simon eventually succeeded. Simon could bring the swan back to the hospital for Wildlife Aid Foundation Vet to examine. An X-ray showed that the bent neck was in fact an old injury and fortunately, not lead poisoning as first suspected. The swan was coping perfectly well with his crooked neck, so they immediately released him back to his mate, who obviously doesn’t mind his ‘unique’ look!
Swans’ love for their partners is so deep they mate for life. They are creatures of myth that only sing when they are dying. Also, paradoxically for such paragons of elegance, they are vicious blighters that can break your arm with their wings. Swans often do stay with their partners for life. But whatever feelings they may have for each other, this loyalty is a strategy for maximizing the number of cygnets they can raise. They make plenty of noise, and yes, that does include mute swans. Finally, though they defend their young with extreme prejudice, they are probably too weak to break a human arm – although we don’t recommend you try the experiment. Mute swans form the classic image of devotion, with their curved necks entwined in a perfect love heart. It’s part of a courtship ritual, in which pairs face each other and, with a ruffle of feathers and lifted wings, bow gracefully. But despite their name, mute swans are anything but silent. Their courtship “dance” is accompanied by a range of hissing and grunting sounds. The idea that swans only sing when they are dying, the so-called swan song, is a myth.