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Petra and her Swanboat in Münster, Germany

The Scoop: Swan Love!

It was love at first sight for this unlikely couple of Petra, the (real-life) swan, and her giant plastic beau. Ever since the swan-shaped paddle boat was added to the Aasee lake in Germany in May 2006, she's happily paddled behind. So deep was her apparent love that local residents funded her trip (along with boat beau) to a pond in a Münster zoo last winter. Despite a number of available swans also in the zoo pond, there was no swaying Petra as she remained attached at the wing to her artificial sweetheart. This season, park officials have once again found it in their hearts to keep the lovebirds together – Petra, and her unresponsive love, will reside in a minishelter built for two beginning on Dec. 5.


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mollywog mollywog 8 years
She'll probably never want to be with a "real" swan. Swans mate for life! I remember hearing about this a while back, so I was glad to see this update.
Murple Murple 8 years
That is so sweet! But the first thing that popped into my head was the swallow and the reed from Wilde's story The Happy Prince.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awww so cute...
Daisie Daisie 8 years
Aw...that's the sweetest thing! Part of me wants her to have a real love so he could nuzzle her back but the other part is just happy to see her happy! So cool that the residents and park officials are helping her out! <3
emalove emalove 8 years
Aw, swans are so pretty.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
nancita nancita 8 years
That is adorable and hilarious.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I heard about this awhile ago. So, this is a great update for me. I'm so glad they are still together. :love:
Pets Pets 8 years
It's a paddleboat to carry visitors around the lake!
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
Aww that is so cute. What does that big swan do?
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