Swans aren’t usually cuddly or friendly. They tend to be very protective of their space and can be quite scary. That’s why it was so special when an injured swan hugged Richard Wiese, the host of the TV show “Born to Explore.”
A few years ago, Wiese was at Abbotsbury Swannery in the U.K. when he saw a swan that had hurt itself after hitting a chain-link fence. He assisted with the examination by holding the swan.
When I placed the animal next to me, I could feel its heart beating and it leaned its neck into mine. It was an amazing moment when the animal trusted me completely.