posted on Apr, 20 2014 @ 07:35 AM
Swans actually are very big and pretty powerful. They can break bones.
Is it true that a swan's wing can break your arm?
Yes, but only in exceptional cases. If a wing in full span and velocity were to hit a weak-boned person (such as a child or an elderly person)
then it is theoretically possible. In reality it is almost unheard of and is never used as a form of attack as swans are a defensive bird. The only
time they become aggressive is when they are protecting their nesting ground or cygnets when they will chase off intruders, be they other swans,
geese or humans who get too close.
So, I don't know the age of the man in question, but if he was older or had weaker bones, it could have happened. Additionally, anytime we are
talking about getting a human being in the water with a creature who is in its element, the equation changes in terms of the power a human can put out
or withstand vis a vis the critter in question.
You'd be surprised at the size of fish it would take to drag you off into the river or pond and drown you if it wanted to. It's not as big as you
So, yeah, a swan is a big strong bird on land. Think about how much stronger that will seem when you are in water where you aren't really suited to
be. Now, if your leg happens to get caught in an awkward angle where the swan has just the right power and leverage ... I could see it theoretically
being able to cause some damage where it ordinarily wouldn't. Not that it did this intentionally, just a freak accident, but that doesn't change the