Mike the Mad Biologist

Enough depressing current events. Let’s look at duckies…with SWAN-INDUCED TERROR!!!

Last year, I described how the pair of swans, Juliet I and Juliet II*, living on the lagoon** in the Boston Public Garden would mercilessly pursue baby ducklings. Well, now I have video proof (it starts getting nasty at around 3:50):

Definitely not making way for ducklings. I still have no idea why they go after the ducklings so relentlessly–they really aren’t bothered by grown ducks, even when they sleep next to the swans’ nest.

*Yes, Boston has lesbian swans. Our ‘mating’ pair consists of two females, who build nests, lay eggs and everything (swans are very hard to sex apparently).

**Still not sure why it’s called a lagoon–it’s not a lagoon.


  1. #1 Physicalist
    August 4, 2011

    Payback for being taunted as an “ugly duckling”?

  2. #2 Alex Besogonov
    August 8, 2011

    I think that this swan is thinking: “Those damned kids can’t get out of my pond”.

  3. #3 berk
    August 9, 2011

    useful entry

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