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Swan babies will climb on their mother's back in the water to warm up since they don't have fully protective down yet

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1.5k points · 2 months ago

As someone terrified of swans I'm super pleased to know that one swan can actually contain 10 smaller attack swans...

715 points · 2 months ago

Literally mothership.

Every mother is an overlord that can release their minions.

35 points · 2 months ago




I am the SWARM


I want this to be a DnD Monster. I can see it now... Monstrous Abomination, Chaotic Evil.

Crosspost it in /r/bossfight and see what they come up with.

No u

No you both

Came to say. Already said. Tips hat 🎩

Carrier has arrived

It's a little known fact that swans are actually battlestars

He protec but he also attac

  • “She protec but she also attac”

She protec. She attac. But she also go quack-quack.

6 points · 2 months ago


Just think of them as extremely large, two legged mama spiders who can navigate dry land, swim, and also fly.

Way less frightening that way.

I was not going to be satisfied by this gif until every last cygnet climbed safely aboard.

There’s a constellation called Cygnus the swan, now I have to go google what came first

12 points · 2 months ago

I’m pretty sure the stars would have been in existence long before the advent of swans - the bird.

5 points · 2 months ago

They mean which was named that first. I figure you already know that and yet I'm drawn to comment.

7 points · 2 months ago(2 children)
52 points · 2 months ago

Just because you don't know something doesn't mean that everyone doesn't know that thing. What you should do instead of trying to make fun of them or bring them down to your level is instead go "huh, I didn't know that, cool!" and learn something. Not knowing something is nothing to be embarrassed about.

You'd think that attitude would be the norm in /r/WatchandLearn

I’m so glad they showed that last one scuttle in or I would have been up all night worrying about him.

99 points · 2 months ago


No man left behind

What do I know? I’m just a phantom train conductor.


That zoom in on that last one before he got on had a real me_irl feel to it.

3 points · 2 months ago

Yeah. But as soon as they all get up the mother tells them to get down.

The ducklings also get protective oils from Mom's feathers. It can actually be harmful to raise ducklings (as a human) and put them in water because they don't have any protection. But at the same time, not allowing them in water leads to them being uncomfortable in water. I used to raise ducks and have been in both if these situations. I never get a chance to share that useless information

23 points · 2 months ago

I'm really glad that you shared this information. So should I provide oils for the ducklings if I ever happen to raise them without their mom?

This I honestly can't answer. I was raising farm ducks so them not being 100% confident in water was not a major issue as they would essentially be pets. I never came up with a solution, simply very short periods of time in warm water as babies and encouraging them to root around in shallow water for food as they got older.

Original Poster42 points · 2 months ago

Welcome to /r/WatchandLearn, where we freely accept your near useless information!

I liked it :)

Not useless, now I know if I ever raise orphaned ducklings to just pour olive oil on them.


Yeah, a good hollandaise sauce be much better.

Just share it randomly

So is a shallow pool perfect for that?

Yea! A little kiddie pool. Once they figure out what worms are they'll do almost anything for them. Throw em in the pool and they figure out how to hold their breath.

But if you're planning on getting ducks, I feel like you should be in a place with a small pond. Even if you built a small one.

I say I raised ducks, but I did not keep them into adulthood. I had fun with the babies and got to watch them grow but I lived on a col-de-sac and then gave them to folks with small farms that didn't necessarily have time for the baby stage.

So what do you do to avoid both negatives?

I put it in another comment but the best thing to do (other than to let mother ducks raise their babies) is small amounts of exposure with warmer water and as they get older encourage them to be in water with food. But even like this they never become true waterfowl that live almost exclusively in lakes and ponds.

I raised ducks to be on farms and pets so I've never been required to raise a duck to be fully functional in the wild, nor do I think I could do it

Gotcha. Thanks for the reply!

What does duck egg taste like?

53 points · 2 months ago

My kids do the same thing with my back hair.

Is this why swan shaped paddle boats are a thing?

Yeah they are for confused humans who think they are baby swans.

I was thinking the same thing.

Things like this make me very grateful to be a much more generalized organism. Imagine living your whole existence as a highly specialized, conscious feathery flying boat.

Part swan boat, part terror beak.

8 points · 2 months ago

conscious feathery flying boat.

actually that sounds pretty rad

Until you need to accomplish anything more than exactly what you're built for

I can only imagine this was part of the inspiration for swan boats.

Carrier has arrived.

Also, swans can be gay


Smile for the screenshot! :)


eh 224 days. Not all that impressive but it will do.

god damn it

Come on, you knew that comment would appear in here.

not as i entered it, i had honestly forgot that the post existed, but well, thanks for reminding me

Did you start crying yet?

And they have dicks shaped like corkscrews

oh, I thought that was only ducks.

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27 points · 2 months ago

I was going by my local lake the other day and thought I saw a swan with babies on her back. Couldn't be sure, so I went back to look. They were TURTLES on her back! Also the swan was fake.

I was going by my local megachurch the other day and thought I saw a coyote in their lawn. Couldn't be sure, so I went back to look. It was a FAKE coyote, to scare geese away!

I'm going to start dumping birdseed in their field to bring the geese back :)

So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," you'd say.


Cue Interstellar docking music.

Uber cute.

Swans are so baffling to me. How can something so beautiful, with such cute little babies, be such a raging cunt? There are some black swans near a pond in my hometown and they will chase anyone and anything away from the place, hissing the entire time. Swans are major assholes

3 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

Swans and geese are not "assholes" they're just territorial and consider humans a threat. They're amazing animals. You should consider how they treat one another, not how they treat you.

Sorry, but when you are 3 years old and the swans are chasing you around the park, they are the top of the food chain... they are assholes, like the cats of the bird world.

Yeah, it's not them, it's you.

It looked like the mom was escaping though

So they climb up to get down?

3 points · 2 months ago

Pooh... You did this first...

Shit this reminds me of a mother spider.

2 points · 2 months ago

They look like little tugboats they way they push her around in circles ;)

Now that's what I'd call a Mother Ship.

I’m glad they showed the last one get on, was worried about that little guy

Had to watch all the way until the end to make sure the last one got in ok.

I was lied to all these years. That baby is not ‘ugly’ at all. Would anyone consider that ugly ?

That's the point.

He wasn't ugly. He was bad at being a duckling.

"No one told me mothership would mean playing the mother ship"

Hold still, dammit!

Someone get this boy a trumpet

TIL Swan Babies are called cygnets

Those are some ugly ducklings!

Do the baby swans keep the mom swan warm in return, too?

Now let's try that with humans!


The Mother Ship!

It's cute how the swan sinks a little further into the water with each passenger addition.

Be. Still.



Attack craft docking with mothership.

I think its for protection from large cat fish. They eat ducklings. They will probably eat those delicious little swan babies too.

Aircraft carrier of the animal kingdom

Do you know swans can be gay?

She needs a swim platform on the stern so they can get on easier

Do they just like float around all day basically?

Do they have protective up?

A very kangaroo-esque thing to do.

can someone make a video out of this and add sneeze sounds everytime one of them shakes its head?

Reminds me of trypophobia frog with the tadpoles crawling out of his back.

If you haven't seen it, treat yourself.


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A Swamcarrier

Is there a a compilation of baby birds getting eaten or hunted down. I just enjoy it

These baby swans should get a job instead of taking all these free handouts by their mother!!!

Whoa, swans are like aircraft carriers for baby swans.

That’s one buoyant mama swan.

Reminds me oh the Jhen Mohran fight, they mount on the bottom near the back and make their way on.

Hey, just like those cute wolf spiders! 🙃

The original pool float.

All aboarddd!

"my kids are freezing better to swim in circles and let only the strongest ones to climb on me lol"

I was half expecting the swimming swans to climb ontop lol

Oh fucking christ that's cute

This the same asshole swan that was destroying property

That's her boyfriend. He hasn't been the same since he came back from Afghanistan. She knows she should leave, but with the kids and all... It's just not a good time. Maybe when the little ones grow a little older. Maybe...


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