Saturday, 31 March 2012

Tyson the vicious swan forces boat users to abandon river

Ready to rumble: Tyson is a fearsome sight as he lands among canoeists on the Grand Union Canal (Picture: SWNS)

The bird – which has a 2.4m (8ft) wingspan – targets rowers, canoeists and even walkers strolling on the river bank. 
Keen kayaker Joe Davies, 20,  capsized after Tyson was pictured  battering him with his huge wings on Tuesday afternoon. 
‘He went for me as I was falling in, which really made me panic,’ he said.

‘I’ve been kayaking on this stretch of canal for five years. I’d heard the  rumours about Tyson but I’ve never seen him before. I won’t be going back.’

Tyson has claimed a 3km (two-mile) section of the Grand Union Canal in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, while he rears his young. 
Linda Sgoluppi, 34, who lives near the waterway said: ‘He recently forced three canoeists out of the water. Anything that is rowed down the canal he sees as a threat.’

Swans can be particularly territorial during the March to May breeding  season. Tyson may now be moved 80km (50 miles) away to stop the attacks.

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