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Hi Shanna

No, this is not normal behavior unless the cygnet remained in this position for a matter of seconds prior to righting itself. When cygnets are taught to turn upside down with their necks under the water to reach sub-aquatic vegetation, they may flip over because they have not learned to properly balance themselves. However, the cygnets will right themselves immediately and assume a normal upright position in the water. If a cygnet cannot immediately upright itself, it could mean that the cygnet is too weak, suffering from an illness or neurological issue. Usually, the cygnet will not survive if it cannot assume balance. The Regal Swan