Friday, March 28, 2008

I Love Paddle Boats Too


Wed Mar 26, 5:01 PM ET
BERLIN - Petra the swan has a new home and so does her beloved swan-shaped paddleboat. In 2006, Petra, a black swan, became so attached to the boat — shaped like an outsized white swan — that she refused to leave its side at a lake near a zoo in the German city of Muenster.
Petra and her paddleboat were taken to the zoo.
Zoo officials finally parted bird and boat last week after Petra settled down with a real white swan and the boat was returned to the lake. But the romance was short-lived. The zoo says that, on Saturday, her new beau flew off and sought out the company of other black swans.
A zoo statement says that Petra "appears to feel lonely" and is swimming around in an agitated state. The solution? On Friday, she will be taken back to the nearby lake and her faithful paddleboat.

8 comments:

Globular said...

I guess size does matter...

Elizabeth Vicary said...

But the real swan left *her*....

Globular said...

That's what he tells all the guy swans down Fedorowicz's swan sports bar.

Jan said...

This lady swan knows the right kind of "swan homme" when she sees him! Super Big Guy, silent mouth and wings that never flap. What could be better!

Bill Brock said...

Is chess our paddleboat?

Elizabeth Vicary said...

because we (inevitably) return to it when our lovers (inevitably) leave us?

Bill Brock said...

There's that risk, yes. So it's best to find lovers who like paddleboats.

Bill Brock said...

But at your next paddleboat tournament, you may have to stare for five hours at your old swan. :-(

It's worth the risk, IMO.