We’ve been led to believe that Canada geese, wolves and swan, among other creatures will mate for life – right? Not so fast. Here’s what an article on BBC.com by Louise Crane (name, not lost on me) has to say about swans.
Reputation: Swans’ love for their partners is so deep they mate for life. They are creatures of myth that only sing when they are dying. Also, paradoxically for such paragons of elegance, they are vicious blighters that can break your arm with their wings.
Reality: Swans often do stay with their partners for life. But whatever feelings they may have for each other, this loyalty is a strategy for maximising the number of cygnets they can raise. They make plenty of noise, and yes, that does include mute swans. Finally, though they defend their young with extreme prejudice, they are probably too weak to break a human arm – although we don’t recommend you try the experiment.
Why would I share that? Well, check the video of two swans reuniting and their cool swan dance and ask the question again. Do they mate for life?