Wednesday 22 November 2017

Divorced swan returns with new mate

Swans Sarindi (left) and Sarind at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in Gloucestershire
Swans Sarindi (left) and Sarind at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in Gloucestershire

A swan that famously divorced her mate has returned to spend the winter in the UK with her new partner.

Sarindi landed back at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in Gloucestershire, with Sarind on Thursday.

Swans mate for life but last winter couple Sarindi and Saruni shocked experts by returning to the centre with new partners.

The wild Bewick's swans had been together for two years but failed to have any offspring so experts at the centre believed this may have been a possible reason for the split.

They wasted no time finding new mates and acted indifferently towards their former partners on the lake.

Julia Newth, wildlife health research officer, said: "Fortunately for Sarindi's second mate Sarind, a second divorce does not look on the cards yet and both are happily settling in for their second winter together. Perhaps they are learning some lessons from recent arrivals Teapot and Teabag, who have faithfully been together for 15 years."

The Bewick's breed in arctic Russia but return each year to spend their winters at the centre, which was founded by Sir Peter Scott.

Loyal couple Teabag and Teapot, who are known collectively as the Tea Party, were among new arrivals this week.

The female Teabag has been faithfully spending her winters on the Rushy Lake since 1994 and in 1996 arrived with her new mate Teapot. Since then the couple have raised 14 cygnets, many of which have been given tea themed names such as Caddy, Chai and Teacake.

A total of 19 Bewick's swans have arrived at the centre over the past two days increasing the reserve count to 23.

Press Association

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