Petra, the black swan in a German zoo, has broken up with a swan-shaped plastic paddle boat. File this one under animal mysteries, animal love stories or, as is my instinct, under “Why It’s Good To Be A Dog And Depend On Your Sense of Smell So These Sorts of Things Don’t Happen.” I am fairly confident that I would not have fallen in love with a dog-shaped paddle boat no matter how attractive. How many times has Harry in a giddy or idiotic mood tried to get me to believe that a stuffed animal was the “real thing” by moving it around “realistically” … Most dogs would have the same reaction I have had to the stuffed animal ploy and not react at all –unless they are just trying to make their owner feel better (very likely). After all, a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times that of a humans –everything is judged by a complex set of smell factors. So much of our “world view” depends on our schnozzes that things aren’t “real” unless we first test them with these faithful apparatuses. Apparently, not so for Petra –either that or she is a hopeless romantic, eccentric. Then again, I wonder as I look at the photograph above do the journalists have it all wrong and did Petra actually mistake the boat for her mother –look at the size difference…it makes Petra look like a baby swan in comparison (is it a kind of second childhood or “cygnethood” for Petra)? The story is below:
Swan and Swan-Shaped Boat To
BERLIN (AP) — A long love story is over at a German zoo: Petra the swan and her swan-shaped paddleboat are parting ways. Petra, a black swan, became a minor celebrity in 2006 when she became so attached to the boat - which is shaped like an oversized white swan - that she refused to leave its side.
Officials in the western city of Muenster decided to let her stay with it over the winter, bringing both bird and boat into a city zoo.
However, Petra met a live swan this winter. Zoo director Joerg Adler says she and her new mate - a white swan - are building a nest together.
The boat is to be returned to its local owner on Thursday