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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Swan Song

Our town's resident swan has returned from her winter home. Last year was a tragedy when her mate was killed in a mishap with a stealthy not-so-friendly animal. To the town's people delight a new second bird returned with our resident swan. It seems the pair had become inseparable over the time they spent together in their winter quarters.

Local people became excited with the possibility of these two nesting and starting a family. After all, they would be so cute to watch with their young as they floated around our lazy river throughout the summer months.

Until...last weeks front page story in our newspaper. It seems Samantha is also a Samuel. Sam our female swan has both sex organs of a female and male. The town's hopes of a swan family took a nose dive quickly.

Last week the headlines in the paper were that the crime rate in our town was down, and the unfortunate turn of events with Sam. Don't you just love small town living?


blueviolet said...

It's so funny how things like that make headlines in small towns!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

and they say small town life is boring?

Kristina P. said...

What a sad tragedy!

Randi Troxell said...

hey.. i'm right there with you... when it comes to small towns..

in our newspaper they will even give reports of ppl in vehicles who have hit deer.. lol.. i know right!?!

AF_wife said...

aaw that's so sweet! Too bad! ..maybe he'll bring a new one home next year ;) ..love triangle! LOL

Debbie's L'Bri said...

Small towns are so much friendlier then big towns.

Stop over for my anniversary give away

lfhpueblo said...

I wished I lived in a small town.
Hey when I was growing up there was a big cat that hung around our house. Me and my mom nicknamed it "Thumbs". It had both sex organs too, because my mom picked it up once and saw them all. We nicknamed it "Thumbs" because it had an extra digit on each paw, front and back. I'm sure it was hanging around because it could smell our indoor cat. "Thumbs" was known to hang around both male and female cats on the block. I think it was a very confused little animal, but it was nice.
I don't think it was a stray, but just a cat that wandered far from it's home everyday. It didn't belong to anyone on our block or any of the three blocks around. Male cats sometimes will wander up to as much as five miles away from home. So maybe it was really more male in nature than female.
Too bad about the swan situation. Dual sexed animals are more than likely sterile. I think it's natures way of trying to make sure the mistake doesn't happen again.