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aibu to think they knew stealing two swans from the park to eat is illegal?

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inneedofsomehelpplz Sat 07-Sep-13 08:24:54

watched emergency animal rescue & the rspca were called as two men were seen taking two swans home from the park - the rspca went to the house & eventually someone turned up to translate. they stated that they bought birds to release in the park for their kids to play with. so why was there a swans head in the bin along with feathers & poor swans were cooking in a pot. if they didnt think theyd doneanything wrong, why lie?

swans are amazing creatures & aibu to think that they shouldve been arrested & charged?

Lethologica Sat 07-Sep-13 10:41:35

I wish people would eat some of the Canadien geese around here. There. Are bloody millions of them and they are shitty and noisy. confused

SanityClause Sat 07-Sep-13 10:44:38

Where would you get a horse from, giraffes? A new forest pony, perhaps?

ZolaBuddleia Sat 07-Sep-13 10:54:13

We were feeding the geese in a park when out of nowhere a man appeared to tell us the reason there were no ducks there anymore was because "all the immigrants have eaten them". shock

Elsiequadrille Sat 07-Sep-13 11:02:18

"Don't ever replace onions with daffodil bulbs though - they taste similar, but a friend of mine did this and is extremely ill in hospital at the moment. He'll be ok though, they think he'll be out in spring."

Brilliant grin

ProudAS Sat 07-Sep-13 11:07:03

Its a myth about them mating for life BTW. Local female is on mate no 4 (previous three died from various causes). They have also been known to 'wife steal'.

pianodoodle Sat 07-Sep-13 11:07:25

Wouldn't fancy tackling a swan myself they can get scary!

Yes they probably knew what they were doing was illegal.

Can't remember what type of swan belongs to the Queen. I think you have to at least offer her a bite or something.

Crumbledwalnuts Sat 07-Sep-13 11:12:08

How disgusting. Bloody disgusting. I hope they're prosecuted. Sheer ignorance to do this.

GerundTheBehemoth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:20:25

They'll get a new mate if the old one dies, but separation is quite rare in swans - rate of about 6%. That doesn't mean they are devotedly faithful though. About one brood in three show extra-pair paternity.

One more interesting swan statistic - about 25% of black swan pairs are homosexual.

Zula was he referring to the Canadian Geese as the immigrants, attacking and eating the native ducks? grin

Bloody Canadian immigrant geese, they're everywhere, waving their maple leaves, shitting on our grass, stealing our duck's bread from their beaks...

So sorry Zola, don't know where the 'u' came from.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 07-Sep-13 11:28:30

I'm afraid not, Alex, he muttered the word "Albanians" in a rather dark fashion. grin

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 07-Sep-13 11:29:53

grin Alex!

I feel the same about Canadian geese. Watching the ducks face off with them over territory is hilarious though.

What do you reckon, would bread fed Canadian goose be tasty?

Mimishimi Sat 07-Sep-13 11:30:47

SanityClauseWe don't have pheasants in Australia. Or did he move to Australia because of going to jail over pheasant poaching in the UK?

OP: That's disgusting. i am sure they knew they were doing the wrong thing. Similarly, we've had ducks go missing from our local duckponds in similar incidents.

Mimishimi Sat 07-Sep-13 11:31:09

Argh, tautology. Sorry

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sat 07-Sep-13 11:34:09

Ooh look - swan burger recipe

<runs away>

Crumbledwalnuts Sat 07-Sep-13 11:53:33

"Swans mate for life, so good on them for taking both if them"

Good on em? seriously?

Well some Albanians speak French, and duck a l'orange is a French dish so I can see how he came to his tenuous link, alongside a large dose of Daily Mail exposure.
How are people not embarrassed to air their stupid views in public?

TeWi I am off down the canal later to feed the geese some tiger bread, I shall let you know of the culinary results.
not really, those geese are proper hard and scary and bully me into feeding them by flapping and staring at me with their beady little eyes.

We do have a fearless drake who was absolutely refusing to move for them the other day, he was brilliant.
I often make the dc walk home from school that way just so we can visit and watch them. I really ought to get out more. grin

Latara Sat 07-Sep-13 12:01:35

I like swans even though they are nasty angry birds when provoked (or just hungry).

Bad people for eating them. sad

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 12:02:05

Swans also co-parent, so if they had a late brood this year those cygnets are on their own.
How can anyone think 'Good, well done' at the random slaughter of wildlife?
Would you think the same if you were mugged for your shopping by a hungry person who was struggling and saw you had loads of food? Or decided that your pet bunnies and piggies were suitable foraging materials?
It's a crime to kill a swan.

ihavenonameonhere Sat 07-Sep-13 12:07:48


Yes a swan can break a mans arm

Adrian Mole reference ;)

nicename Sat 07-Sep-13 12:11:37

I was chased by a swan once. It was after a baguette that I had in my grocery bag. I don't like them evil buggers with their beady eyes.

I have often wondered what squirrel tastes like though. Pigeon has too many bones. Frogs legs taste like chicken and horse isn't very nice. Haven't tried snails (I do have some standards).

inneedofsomehelpplz Sat 07-Sep-13 12:16:19

i dont really find it funny tbh - not sure what language they were speaking so for all i know they might have slit the swans throat for halal meat which is barbaric. it doesnt matter what they sodding well do/eat in their own country - if they want to live here then abide by ourrules/laws! & yes, what if they had signets? & by the look of their house, they had a bob or two.

Booooom Sat 07-Sep-13 12:16:22

Someone told me that squirrel meat tasted nutty - I think they were taking the piss though. Probably tastes like chicken.

ParsingFancy Sat 07-Sep-13 12:17:07

When the ducks went missing from FIL's local park, it was the swans wot dunnit! shock

He saw the murder being committed. Little fluffy ducklings and all.sad

RattersReward Sat 07-Sep-13 12:21:33

I have first hand knowledge of Eastern Europeans illegally taking wild fowl and fish from lakes in a country park for the purpose of eating them.

The fish were from specific fishing lakes where everybody else had fishing licences and permits and returned the fish to the lakes before they went home. The Eastern Europeans fished at the lakes without the licences etc and took all the fish home. They emptied the lakes in about a fortnight.

The wild fowl were caught because the Eastern Europeans disturbed their nests, the adult birds swam over to protect the nests, were caught, had their wings broken and were fairly brutally killed.

I should think that it was obvious to the Eastern Europeans that in this instance their conduct was illegal in this country. In fact the problem was so extensive the police were brought in by the country park staff.

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