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    Caroline Kelaher
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    At our golf course there is a family of black swans, mum, dad and 2 cygnets. There is another swan hanging around. Although dad swan has been very aggressive trying to get rid of the spare swan, he/she continues to hang around. The spare swan is never aggressive but very persistent. Hoping you can shed light on this situation.

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    Swan Expert
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    Hi Caroline

    There are two possibilities:

    The swan could be a former cygnet of the parents and hasn’t gotten the message to leave. Whether the new swan is an offspring or not, it may be a female. Even though the male parent may act defensively against the new swan, he will usually not hurt a female. So, our guess is that this new swan has known the parents and is a female. Depending on whether the bird flies, it may or may not leave if there are no other swans or suitable habitats in the area. The Regal Swan

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