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Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 4 February 2015

Hi Amanda

We saw the same movie. Not realistic. First, swan eggs are extremely difficult to incubate. If they are left abandoned for any significant amount of time, they will not be viable. Also, there is a way that has to be used to transport the eggs (picking up and moving) do the embryo is not detached. Male parents, and for that matter, neither swan parent will raise introduced cygnets. Once the young are taken from the parents and no bonding established, or taken away for more than several hours, the parents will reject them and even try to kill them. So, thus was a touchy feely movie to support the Trumpeter swans, which is the reason that federal and state wildlife entities are killing the Mute Swans. Eventually, the Trumpeters will be hunted for Trophy Waterfowl hunting purposes. The Regal Swan

Messages In This Thread

What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- Amanda -- 3 February 2015
Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- Amanda -- 4 February 2015
Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- The Regal Swan -- 5 February 2015
Re: What happens to eggs in the wild if the mother dies -- The Regal Swan -- 4 February 2015