British undergrads say vicious campus swan targets foreigners and ethnic minorities

Published: April 11, 2014

File photo: A swan moves across a lake, as it defends the territory around it’s nest from other waterfowl, at Kew Gardens in London, Friday, March 28, 2014. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

VANCOUVER DESI

A menacing swan that lives on a British university campus has been branded a racist for its habit of attacking foreign and ethnic minority students, according to The Daily Mail.

The vicious, four foot tall bird nests in a lake below a footbridge on the Warkwick University campus and it’s known to launch at students as they cross the bridge. The attacks have grown so rampant university officials were forced to build a fence around the lake to protect students, the British tabloid reported.

A number of undergraduate students took to social media about the incidents and branded the allegedly racist bird.

“I’m from India, and they attack me especially, they focus straight on me,” said a 24-year-old student from India. “I think they don’t like too many Indians in England – maybe the swans here are a little bit racist.”

According to Geoff Grewcock with the Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, the swan’s aggressive behaviour is not unusual as March to May is breeding season, which means she may be territorial if students are too close to her nest.

“Because it’s breeding season, it would be normal for swans to behave that way – particularly if they’re in a pair, as in this case,” Grewcock told the Daily Mail. “It will go on for another eight or twelve weeks, but they can actually get even more aggressive once they get cygnets.”

But Italian student Albertina Crocetti, told the Daily Mail it’s “bizarre” these attacks only seem to happen to foreigners.

“She’s a true right winger that’s for sure – they certainly seem to be racially motivated incidents,” she said. “It’s scary as I know they can some damage, its safer now she’s been fenced off so nobody gets hurt.’

“We’ve been warned that the swans will be a bit feisty at this time of year, but they go for me all year round,” the student from India added.

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