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Gay swans attack someone threatening their nest with a plastic cup

One of the aggressive swans can be seen after the conquest by wildlife experts (CEN/Franz Steinegger)

(CEN/Franz Steinegger)

A pair of gay male swans have taken to an animal reserve after the attacks of multiple people on an Austrian lake.

The swans were apparently the protection of their nest, which, unlike an egg, it had a colorful plastic cup, Nachrichten reports.

The aggressive behavior started last summer, according to the Small Newspapers. This summer, they were even more belligerent, according to Franz Steinegger, the mayor of Grundlsee. The couple are “attacked everything that came their way,” both on the shore and in the water, he told the Zeitung. “They throw themselves on the swimmers, in an attempt to submerge.”

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Some swimmers even suffered the cuts which required treatment at the hospital.

File photo, Swans swim in Hyde Park in the centre of London, great Britain January 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Mayor Steinegger resisted calls to euthanize the angry birds instead choose to call in wildlife experts to remove the swans. Wildlife specialist Alexander Groder caught both birds last week and took them to a reserve in the austrian region of Tyrol, where their aggression is apparently gone.

Swans are widely regarded as monogamous, though LiveScience reports that they have been known to cheat on each other and even to abandon their ‘partners’.

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Homosexuality has been documented in a large number of different animal species, such as Roy and Silo, the famous gay penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. After trying to incubate a rock, the two male chinstrap penguins successfully hatched and raised an adopted chick.

Gay penguins are known to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to get the ‘fathers’, according to The Telegraph.

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