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Swan finds real love at German zoo; relationship with boat is on the rocks

The Associated Press always comes up with such romantic stories.

BERLIN — A love story is over at a German zoo: Petra the swan and her boyfriend, a swan-shaped paddleboat, are parting ways.

Petra, a black swan, became so attached to the boat — shaped like an oversized white swan — that she refused to leave its side. Officials in the western city of Muenster decided to let Petra stay with her special boatfriend over the winter, bringing both bird and boat into a city zoo.

However, Petra met a real live swan at the zoo. The swan and her new mate — a white swan — are building a nest together.

Realizing their relationship was sunk, the boat is returning to its owner.

Sad. I think I have something in my eye. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
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