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Rare swan 'divorce' stuns experts

world Updated: Jan 25, 2010 15:48 IST

Experts have expressed surprise after witnessing a rare "divorce" between a pair of swans at a Gloucestershire wildfowl sanctuary, reports BBC. It is only the second time in more than 40 years that a "separation" has been recorded at the centre.

"The Bewick's swans have returned to winter at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Slimbridge - but both have brought new partners," reads the story. Read full story here

The report reads that the staff have described the new couplings as "bizarre". And that it is not unheard of for the birds, which usually mate for life, to find a new mate but it tends to be because one of the pair has died.

During the past four decades 4,000 pairs of Bewick's swans have been studied at Slimbridge, with only one previous couple moving on to find new partners.