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Dreamboat follows lovesic swan in zoo over winter

 
 
Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 01:28 am
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Lovesick swan obsessed with mechanical friend

November 3, 2006

Muenster - Germany's oddest couple - a black swan and a bird-shaped pedal-boat that has won its undying love - made a stately departure on Thursday from a German lake as winter approached.

Swan Peter has been stalking the boat, which has a two-metre-high, white, glass-fibre superstructure shaped like a swan, since the springtime on Aasee lake in the city of Muenster. The pedal-boat can be hired by the hour.

Black swans are native to Australia but there is a small wild population in Europe, where animal protection groups feed both the black and white types during winter when lakes are frozen over.

Muenster City Zoo has offered to take in both Peter and its big "friend" for the winter months. The trip to the zoo, navigating along canals and streams, began on Thursday and is to be completed on November 9. Peter dutifully paddled alongside its big hero.

The stay at the zoo may cure Peter's obsession: there are six black swans in the zoo collection.

"Four of them are unmated, so there's hope for Peter yet," said Monika Ewering, a zoo-keeper.

Park visitors said they had the impression that Peter's affection for the boat was waning anyway: in recent weeks, the celebrity swan had spent less and less time trailing it and more and more time accepting food gifts from curious tourists at the lakeside. - Sapa-dpa
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M√ľnster Zoo (in English)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 01:28 am
http://i12.tinypic.com/2v2f85f.jpg http://i12.tinypic.com/3zs5s15.jpg http://i11.tinypic.com/2mn5hdd.jpg

There are, of course some souvenirs to get

http://i12.tinypic.com/2e584js.jpg

as well as a really good children children book

http://i11.tinypic.com/2iu89hx.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 01:30 am
I don't even want to read this...


chringing..
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 07:22 am
Today's Daily Herold (a Scottish tabloid newspaper) on page 41:

http://i11.tinypic.com/4hiq8n6.jpg
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 03:19 pm
She's an old fashioned, well built, object of affection.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 6 Nov, 2006 12:17 pm
The latest news: the swan and the boat have reached that part of lake which goes inside the zoo.

Today (Monday), the swan has been " a bit" inside the zoo, on Wednesday it is palnned that he stays overnight already there, on Thursday, both (boat and swan) will - hopefully - have reach the pond at the elephant house, where they'll are suppose to stay over the winter.

There have been a lot of inquiries from Germany and a couple from Europe to buy ... the boat. Laughing
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 01:20 am
The swan arrived last Thursday in the zoo

http://i15.tinypic.com/35n3h2t.jpg

Some trouble on Friday, since it seemed to have gone - but 'Peter' was just too close to boat, penned behind the rudder blade.

They made some changes to the boat, to make it more comfortable for him :wink:
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 02:53 pm
Peter is obviously fond of strapping females.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 11:45 pm
http://i10.tinypic.com/300ehsp.jpg


The swan has to undergo medical treatment on his feet (wounded there).

This will be done in the zoo's pelican house.

They have had to built a new entrance - for the paddle boat ....
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 28 Nov, 2006 01:09 pm
Black swans are expensive lovers.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 28 Nov, 2006 01:28 pm
But together with a paddleboat excellent ambassadors :wink:
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squinney
 
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Reply Tue 28 Nov, 2006 01:54 pm
Thanks for the smile, Walter. Great story!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 14 Dec, 2007 05:11 pm
Just a couple of days before the lovely couple could have celebrated their second anniversary - a young white swan took over the role of the boat.




http://i11.tinypic.com/73l487o.jpg


http://i12.tinypic.com/8bferzt.jpg
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 14 Dec, 2007 05:24 pm
Big.love!!!!!
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Fri 14 Dec, 2007 06:39 pm
Ah, happy endings! I'm all for happy endings.
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 14 Dec, 2007 07:03 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Just a couple of days before the lovely couple could have celebrated their second anniversary - a young white swan took over the role of the boat.




http://i11.tinypic.com/73l487o.jpg


Oh phew & hooray!

I was just dreading the next lot of photographs, Walter! And getting ready to avert my eyes!Laughing :wink:
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 12:37 pm
Here's the story in English - Petra's new lover is called Paul by now.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 01:55 pm
Petra has eclectic romantic tastes.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2008 01:22 pm
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Petra the Black Swan, Paddleboat Mate Get Back Together


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http://i32.tinypic.com/2s6ncq0.jpg http://i30.tinypic.com/3531grk.jpg

All photos by AP
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hamburger
 
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Reply Fri 28 Mar, 2008 01:50 pm
even the CBC reported that important german news story as a headline just now !
that swan sure is a headline grabber !
hbg
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