Gay swans with a tendency for hissy fits set-up nest in Weymouth

PinkNews Staff Writer April 14, 2010
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A pair of gay swans have set-up nest at Abbotsbury Swannery in Weymouth, and despite their long relationship, staff say they are liable to have hissy fits when they fight with each other.

Dave Wheeler, from the swannery, told the Daily Telegraph: “The two birds both hatched in 2002 and are sort of together.

“They have been together for several nesting seasons and basically keep territory as if they are a nesting pair.”

The pair engage in mating and breeding behaviour that relicates that of a hetrosexual swan couple.

Fellow swan keeper John Houston, told the newspaper: “The swans have been nesting together like this for several years
and they get together every nesting season and form a nest together.

“They sit on the nest and act in every way as if they were a pair expecting to lay eggs.

“It is quite sweet.”

“They just always stay together and I hear that they have some spectacular fights with each other, but they always make up and get back together!

“We have more than a thousand swans here in the reserve and they are the only two doing this. We don’t know of any others acting in this way in the area.

“We realised they were together because the swan herds can obviously tell the difference between the males and females as the cobs have a much larger bump on their nose.

“They are sexed and tagged at birth so we know from their rings that they are both male.”

Homosexuality is not uncommon within the animal kingdom, as has frequently reported.
A bisexual love triangle has been reported at San Francisco Zoo. Harry, a Magellan penguin at San Francisco Zoo, made headlines in 2003 when he set up home with another male penguin to incubate an egg. He later left his partner for a female penguin.

A pair of lesbian albatrosses in New Zealand welcomed their first chick to the world in February.
The couple, who live at Royal Albatross Colony on South Island, are not unique, but it is particularly unusual for lesbian albatrosses to successfully incubate an egg

A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They’re one of four gay couples living in the zoo.

Z and Vielpunk were handed the egg by staff at the Bremerhaven zoo after it appeared to be rejected by its actual parents

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