Father swan takes babies under his wing after mum passed away


This is the heartwarming moment a male swan has been spotted taking care of his babies, after their mom has gone. Although the swan couples are known for choosing their partners for life, it is still very unusual for a male to look after the babies in the absence of their mother. Yet, this caring father’s instincts kicked in and thanks to it, his little babies are all safe!

Matthew Raifman

The mother swan, which hatched on the Charles River Esplanade, in Boston, Massachusetts, was found dead in the nest, shortly after hatching. The cause are still unknown. But surprisingly, when the Boston Animal Control came to check on the cygnets, “father swan sat at the nest with their cygnets tucked under his wings.”


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The devoted father, apparently took all the responsibilities of a mother as he even carried the babies on his back while swimming on the lake. The beautiful moment was captured on camera by photographer Matthew Raifman, and it is definitely a sight to behold.

“I noticed something was kind of unusual,” Raifman told WBZ-TV. “All the baby cygnets were on top of the papa swan.” He later shared on of his snaps on Instagram, where he described the moment as “one of the most heartbreaking stories in a while!”


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Thankfully, so far the father’s efforts seem to pay off as the little cygnets are doing great. “They seem to be doing well,” Emma Feeney, marketing and events coordinator for the Esplanade Association told THE DODO. “You can tell that he’s just a great, great father to them. It’s very adorable. They’ve been through so much, but they seem so strong.”

h.t: Instagram | foxdetroit

Nick Almasan – Nick studied journalism at the University of Barcelona. He is well connected with major news agencies and travels around the globe to research various news facts. He is a perfect photographer and an appreciated publisher in our media group. He speaks fluent english and spanish.