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A new swan in born…

Good evening, Netizens...

Decades ago one of the truly graceful places I could afford to go in Chicago-town was the Lincoln Park Zoo. In this picture, a male trumpeter swan takes his newly-hatched offspring (the males share caring for their young with the females) into the swan pond for a swim earlier today. The newly-hatched cygnet emerged from its shell Wednesday. (May 29, 2008) Associated Press

Do you remember when the trumpeter swans used to swim in Manito Park? Do you remember why these graceful, elegant birds no longer live there?

All I remember is the sound of a slightly-wounded male trumpeter swan flying in circles over Manito crying for its mate who lay dying on the ground below. According to what I have been told, if a mate dies, the other Trumpeter will continue crying for it until it, too, dies.

Is this fact or fiction?


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