kissing black swans and herpes ?? + NOT SO HERBIVOROUS AT NIGHT

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Subject: kissing black swans and herpes ?? + NOT SO HERBIVOROUS AT NIGHT
From: patrick appleton <>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 01:30:50 +1100
greetings everyone,

As a child who's best friend was a Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo in the mid 1970's  
when the US cop show 'Barretta' had a cockatoo starring in it that took peanuts 
from the mouth of its owner I naturally did the same with our family Cocky.

As my life now revolves around black swans and I spend most of my spare time 
studying them I've found some of them to be extremely trusting.   Some of them 
become very affectionate, especially after a month of hand feeding their 
cygnets that climb on you and sleep on your lap!  

It started with bread morsels between my lips, which the swan would take from 
my mouth and at times I could just pucker up to the swan and I'd get a kiss 
(even without the bread)!
A cold-sore appeared on my lower lip, ( which happens if I'm run down and 
occurs about twice a year) and I was concerned about what harm I could be doing 
to the swans.


I've sent an email to the site inquiring about their herpes  claim but not 
received a reply yet.  DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON THE 


A few weeks ago in the middle of the night, mum, dad and 6 cygnets were 
feasting on the tiny little fishes attracted by the light on the end of the 
jetty.  This was an itinerant family and I have not studied their eating habits 
before but I have never seen the resident swans eating little fish before.  
There is plenty of natural swan herbal delicacies available as well as 
lettuce,spinach & other human handouts so they are not hungry! 

Could it just be a training opportunity for the 5 week old cygnets ???  (what 
they can eat if need be)

I noticed Progress Jetty's dad swan take a 2 week old cygnet under his wings 
during a threat display posturing session with another very large & ornamented  
male which I assume was simply for training the baby as mum was right there and 
could have taken junior or she could have taken care of the male intruder.  SO 
I'm suggesting they have some interesting training techniques.
Pat Appleton

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