Swans can hardly be called sociable. They are very loyal to their partner, stick to their territory and try to stay away from people.
But here is the story of a swan who surprised everyone by hugging a man in gratitude for saving him!
One day, while walking through the Abbotsbury Nature Reserve, TV presenter Richard Wise came across a swan stuck in a fence and couldn’t get out on his own. When the man rescued the bird, in gratitude he hugged it with his long, flexible neck and warmly clung to the man.
“It’s an indescribable feeling – when a gentle animal unexpectedly trusted you so much!” – said touched Richard.
“I hugged the swan so close that he felt protected.”