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15/12/2007



CRINKLY THE SWAN

Love is in the air for Crinkly the Swan, whos patch is at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire. Apparently he appears to be 'loosely' associating with another Slimbridge Bewicks swan called Taciturn, which is great news. Up until now, with his crooked neck and ungraceful flying, no other female has showed any remote interest in him, aah. Despite his disability, which makes him less aerodynamic, Crinkly has managed to survive seven migrations from breeding grounds on the Russian Arctic tundra which means that he has flown over 21,000 kilometres which in my book makes him the superhero of the swan world.

Swans fly back to Britain at this time of year because conditions in the tundra make feeding impossible.

Let's hope we can hear the 'flipper flapper' of tiny cygnets in 2008, with proud parents Crinkly and Taciturn looking on!

15 comments:

threadspider said...

Bewick's swans are delightful-we have been to visit them at Slimbridge- and this is a lovely cheering story. Isn't Crinkly well named?

Flighty said...

I've never seen a swan with anything but a smooth neck! It is known why it's like that?
Anyway let's hope he does okay in the future.

BumbleVee said...

oh, darn... I am crying my eyes out reading this to my sweetie. Isn't it great that she can see beyond his neck... and loves him anyway... good on you Crinkly!!
Gone to blow me nose.... sniff..... love stories like this Louise...tx...

punkdiyolarbana said...

swans are really cool, but dangerous as well. :)

kate said...

That is a wonderful story - love won out for Crinkly. I think he looks cute with his crooked neck!

nĂ  said...

what an incredible swan, and what a lovely romantic story for christmas!! i just passed the true blue blogging award on to you, by the way!

Crafty Green Poet said...

How lovely! What a superhero, managing to fly all those distances with a crinkly neck!

Lesley said...

Ahhh I'm so pleased that crinkly found love. That's so sweet. I wonder if swans mate for life. What a great story!

daffy said...

We are all members of the Washington Wildfowl park and have enjoyed hundreds of visits over the past 12 years! Seeing all of the changes and being part of the growth of the place and the residents has been and still is a pleasure.
It is a wonderful story!

Daniel said...

nice blog

Joanna said...

I used to love going to slimbridge and feeding the swans when I lived near bristol. Glad crinkle is doing ok. You asked about my flour bin and I never gave you a reply it has bread in I'm affraid its just not big enough for all my flour, I thought about getting a big bread bin to keep all the flour in as its all pushed and ballanced on the top shelf of a cupboard. We got the table cloth from luara ashley I never thought to try woolies. Captain Ruperts fur is just like velvet i used to have a velvet scarf and his jus the same but thicker. It comes from having no tough guard hairs just soft under hairs. His out in the garden at the moment enjoying the frost.

Gina said...

He is adorable ~ loved reading this. Please keep me updated if you do get any news! Gx

beeswax, said...

Hi Louise, sorry I have not been in touch for a few days, have been trying my best to get on top of things, I takes me a while to do a post, never seem to get the picture to go where I want them to.
You know we had a swan like this in Perth a few years ago, and if it makes you feel any better he was doing away fine with his little family, so there is hope, lovely photo Louise, is that another of your hobbies, your pics are always so clear and bright...speak soon
Kath x
P.S. you do not need to thank me at all, you are more than welcome for the MLA pic, glad you liked it..

Kari & Kijsa said...

Loved reading about this- oh how many could just personify crinkly and relate to him! Looking forward to little splashes!

Merry Christmas blessings,
kari & kijsa

beeswax, said...

Hi me again, just to say I will find out about Cumbria , it looks a lovely place to visit, thanks for stopping by, Kath,