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Man Dies After Swan Attack (No really...)
WKRC ^ | 4/16/2012 | WKRC

Posted on 04/16/2012 10:05:40 AM PDT by TSgt

A Chicago man who neighbors say was devoted to caring for the swans at a Chicago area apartment complex might have paid for that devotion with his life. Anthony Hensley, 37, apparently died this weekend during a freak accident after a swan attack.

Police say Hensley was in a kayak on a pond at the apartment complex checking on swans. Officials said he either got too close to the swans, or their nest, when one of the birds swam towards his kayak, and the kayak flipped over. “His kayak wasn’t upside down, but it was, like, upwards,” eyewitness Daniel Gamanov said “You could see the tip of it.”

Gamanov saw the tragedy unfold right outside his family’s apartment Saturday morning. He and his friends watched as Hensley’s body was pulled from the pond. It was Hensley’ job to care for the swans. “They probably thought that he was going too close to their eggs, and they were too scared, and they just attacked him,” Gamanov said.

He was awakened by a witness pounding on his apartment window, screaming for someone to call police. By the time he looked out, he could see the kayak, but could see no sign of Hensley.

Witnesses said Hensley came up at least once after his kayak tipped in the pond, but by the time police finally pulled him out of the water, more than a half hour had passed. An autopsy Sunday afternoon determined Hensley drowned.

According to his father, Hensley was a good swimmer, but he ended up in the water while fully clothed and wearing boots. To make the situation worse, police said the swans continued to swim at Hensley as he tried to make it to shore.

Hensley leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.


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Swans should be banned.

1 posted on 04/16/2012 10:05:42 AM PDT by TSgt
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To: TSgt

Now that they’ve lost their protector, dinner!


2 posted on 04/16/2012 10:10:52 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TSgt

"Run away!! Run away!!"

3 posted on 04/16/2012 10:11:26 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: TSgt

If Obama had a pet bird, it would look like that swan.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 10:11:29 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: TSgt

A swan song conducted by an actual swan.


5 posted on 04/16/2012 10:12:02 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: TSgt

“but by the time police finally pulled him out of the water, more than a half hour had passed”

When seconds count. the police are only half an hour away!


6 posted on 04/16/2012 10:12:16 AM PDT by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: TSgt
Witnesses said Hensley came up at least once after his kayak tipped in the pond, but by the time police finally pulled him out of the water, more than a half hour had passed.

So for half an hour the citizenry was completely and totally helpless?

These are the people who will not survive a week if the SHTF.

7 posted on 04/16/2012 10:13:37 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: TSgt
Swans are big and mean. My neighbor has a pair and they are not something I would want wandering around my yard. They will charge you if they think you are too close plus they poop all over the place.


8 posted on 04/16/2012 10:15:16 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Helpless and hapless.


9 posted on 04/16/2012 10:18:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: TSgt

>>>Swans should be banned.

Ban is a little to far. Need a Waiting period, mandatory education & safety classes too. And Swan licensing.


10 posted on 04/16/2012 10:18:47 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

If the guy can’t swim, what the heck is he doing out there without a life jacket? ESPECIALLY IN A KAYAK!?


11 posted on 04/16/2012 10:20:06 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (I take Olive Oyl on me spinach. She said she didn't go in for that kinky stuff but she does now)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

>>>So for half an hour the citizenry was completely and totally helpless?
>>>These are the people who will not survive a week if the SHTF.

I think Darwin called it Natural Selection.


12 posted on 04/16/2012 10:20:53 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: TSgt
http://www.cracked.com/article_15853_the-6-cutest-animals-that-can-still-destroy-you.html
13 posted on 04/16/2012 10:20:53 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: TSgt

Just grab them by the neck and pull them underwater!


14 posted on 04/16/2012 10:22:43 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TSgt

I suspect it was a cob and not a swan. In the 1920’s a man in Methuen, Massachusetts drown in shallow water after being attacked by a cob defending cygnets. (The man must have acted in a manner that appeared to be threatening to the cob.) Swans are BIG and attack by beating their victims with the elbow joints on their wings. They can inflict serious injury.

My son-in-law was fishing in the Charles River in Natick, when he glanced to his right and noticed a cob standing on tiptoes next to him raising his wings menacingly. My s-i-l got the message and backed away.


15 posted on 04/16/2012 10:22:55 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: mamelukesabre
According to his father, Hensley was a good swimmer,

Swans can be NASTY. Years ago there was a case of swans drowning a jet-ski rider. I'd guess under similar circumstances when he got too close to a nest.

16 posted on 04/16/2012 10:25:37 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The guy had a kayak paddle, too, which is a good weapon against swans.


17 posted on 04/16/2012 10:25:43 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TSgt

Swans can be pretty intimidating. But nothing is as scawey as a wabbit.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 10:26:27 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

SHTF ? Swans hit the fan ?


19 posted on 04/16/2012 10:27:56 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: TSgt

We had a family of swans at a nearby lake where we lived in Connecticut. They were mean as hell, and you’d have to be nuts to go near where they nested, out on a tiny rocky island.

That said, why wasn’t this guy wearing a life preserver? And why did his neighbors just stand there watching for half an hour, without doing anything?


20 posted on 04/16/2012 10:29:47 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Hodar

“I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little *swan*, isn’t it?”


21 posted on 04/16/2012 10:33:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: mamelukesabre
He could swim, but he didn't think it through. Wearing boots is the worst thing to do in a situation like that because they are hard to take off and they prevent you from slipping off your pants as well. When you are unexpectedly in the water, footwear then heavy pants (he was likely wearing jeans) are the first things to get rid of as you can then maneuver much easier.
22 posted on 04/16/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was at Walmart and noticed companies such as Remington and Winchester also make good products to repel Swans. I purchased some and store them next to another Remington product I own, ironically called ‘The Wingmaster’.


23 posted on 04/16/2012 10:37:40 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Bacon wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon...)
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To: TSgt

In Chicago , even the swans are killers.

I raise geese, ducks and chickens for fun and for when TSHTF. I presently have 60 birds.

I have two goose moms sitting on their eggs, an African Brown (known as a swan goose), and a Toulouse. The eggs are due to hatch within the next week... this will add another 25 birds to the crew. There goes the feed bill. LOL

My birds know me and are not likely to attack me, but the geese and ducks are VERY protective during breeding season and when they on their eggs. They are more than willing to fight to the death to protect their own.

It seems this poor fellow should have worn a life vest.... for $30 he would still be alive.


24 posted on 04/16/2012 10:42:02 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: TSgt

The first part of Wild Animals is the word Wild. Harsh lesson to be paid, but I’m really not that surprised. Swans are more aggressive than geese, and being goosed is called “goosed” for a reason. Swans are known to go after boaters and jet-skiers, and I would not want a giant bird to go after me.


25 posted on 04/16/2012 10:44:12 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

I’d bet this is why Forest Lawn Glendale took out their swan/duck pond. Vicious swans.


26 posted on 04/16/2012 10:46:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: ClearCase_guy

Those damn Amish swans like Treyswan.


27 posted on 04/16/2012 10:48:13 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: TSgt

Don’t know about Swans, but I was attacked by a Canadian goose when I was 6 years old while standing in chest deep water. That Goose would have eaten my lunch if it hadn’t been for Mom. Did you know Geese have teeth?


28 posted on 04/16/2012 10:52:31 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I chased off their "small" cousins, the Canadian Geese from my dad's lawn when I watched their place. I grabbed my old hockey stick from back in the day and was the most demonstrative I could be in showing aggressiveness. It looked ridiculous to see a 30-something with a hockey stick flailing away running after them, but it worked. Those birds understood what "get out of here I'm dominate" means and fled without attacking or hissing. They didn't come back.

I would not want to go near a swan nest. That would be a nasty fight or flight.

29 posted on 04/16/2012 11:00:24 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency)
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To: TSgt

I guess he did a Swan Dive............


30 posted on 04/16/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yep, they have nasty dispositions....but like a charging goose, stand your ground and when they are almost on you, grab them by the neck just behind the head, when they are lifted up off the ground, you can throw them far enough away to not get bitten...nasty beaks if like a goose, serated like a steak knife....they attack just like a goose, run at you flapping their wings.


31 posted on 04/16/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: TSgt
Obviously, one of those rare and unforseen "black swan events".
32 posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:10 AM PDT by A. Patriot (Have we lost our Republic? Do the majority of Americans care?)
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To: Jack Burton007
Here's Treyswan without his hoodie:

33 posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: TSgt
“His kayak wasn’t upside down, but it was, like, upwards,” eyewitness Daniel Gamanov said “You could see the tip of it.”

Daniel is not, like, the most articulate witness imaginable, is he...

34 posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:57 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: TSgt

Talk about your “black swan” events....


35 posted on 04/16/2012 11:12:41 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: MrB

Swimming in his Arizona Tea pool diving for skittle fish.


36 posted on 04/16/2012 11:15:44 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: TSgt

Well, I’ll swan.......


37 posted on 04/16/2012 11:26:29 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: TSgt

We’ve been attacked by swans/ducks on several occasions while trying to launch or trailer our boats.

I’m thinking Thanksgiving for the homeless.


38 posted on 04/16/2012 11:43:02 AM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Darren McCarty

“I chased off...Canadian Geese from my dad’s lawn when I watched their place.”

Dang foreign geese. I bet they were illegals. There’s probably some weird sports irony in using a hockey stick to scare off Canadians too.


39 posted on 04/16/2012 1:06:05 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Oztrich Boy

Funny article. Thanks for the link.


40 posted on 04/16/2012 1:54:03 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Sorry, but that’s the point where you kill the damn things. Don’t care how big and how mean...if someone’s going to die, critter’s going down asap.


41 posted on 04/16/2012 2:54:56 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
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To: Red Badger

He experienced his own personal “black swan event”!


42 posted on 04/16/2012 3:31:58 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make man into God but to restore fellowship of the Godhead with man.)
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To: mdmathis6

He swooned when the swans thought him a swain?
That sucks, he should have swum er swam oh heck.

Hmmmm, swan liver pate, now that would be exotic.


43 posted on 04/16/2012 7:07:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jonty30

Swan dive?


44 posted on 04/16/2012 7:13:23 PM PDT by golf lover (going)
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To: TSgt; a fool in paradise

He should of swung as the swan swam!


45 posted on 04/16/2012 7:13:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TSgt

Did the victim have time to sing a swan song before submerging?


46 posted on 04/16/2012 7:15:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: golf lover

Goose ghetto.


47 posted on 04/16/2012 7:18:55 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: READINABLUESTATE
Don’t know about Swans, but I was attacked by a Canadian goose when I was 6 years old while standing in chest deep water. That Goose would have eaten my lunch if it hadn’t been for Mom. Did you know Geese have teeth?

Yes... or at least it seems like it. I had my grandson at a pond feeding ducks when a goose came along and went after my grandson. I just got between them and got bit in the ass. No blood, but it hurt.

A swan is a lot bigger than a goose. If it were really a fight to the death on land, I'd beat the swan no doubt. But in the water, I'm not so sure. They are nasty critters.

48 posted on 04/16/2012 7:25:22 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: TSgt
Was it a White Hispanic Swan or a Black Hispanic Swan?

If it was a White Hispanic Swan, Obama will be right on it.

49 posted on 04/16/2012 7:29:15 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Revolting cat!

A swan dive off a tall building will kill you.


50 posted on 04/16/2012 7:34:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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