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Palma SOS: Save Our Swans

A life or death drama occurred in Palma's very own Swan lake this week when firemen saved the life

A life or death drama occurred in Palma's very own Swan lake this week when firemen saved the life of one of the swans there. The large pond at the s´Hort des Rei gardens beneath the Almudaina
Palace has been home to a pair of swans for a while now and is always a popular attraction, even more so now that the swans have a bevy of cygnets in tow.

Visitors earlier this week to see that the female of the pair had become entangled in a long, thin cord which became tighter and tighter around the bird's neck the more it struggled to free itself!

Firefighters arriving at the scene had to act quickly as the poor bird was on the point of dying, but were hampered in their efforts by the enraged male, trying to protect its mate, and the
cygnets, who probably had no idea what was going on.

The firemen eventually distracted the male and untangled the female, who is now back gliding gracefully around the pond. Our photo shows the pair with the male above (or maybe below) and the female
below (or maybe above) last year, just before they decided to start a family.