Killer swan murders man in kayak

On April 17, 2012, in Animals & Plants, by djeyli

An angry swan in Chicago is being blamed for knocking a man out of his kayak in a pond and then continuing to attack until the man drowned.

Anthony Hensley, 37, used the swans to keep geese away from properties. He was in a kayak checking on the animals on Sunday morning when one of the swans swam at him, causing him to fall out of his kayak into the water.

The swan continued attacking Hensley after he fell into the water, and by the time rescuers arrived he had drowned.

Investigators believe Hensley had traveled too close to the swan or swan’s nesting area which prompted the attack.

Family and friends are puzzled.

“Maybe he didn’t fight back enough when the swan attacked him,” said father-in-law George Koutsogiannis. “Maybe he didn’t want to hurt the animal. I can’t understand how this was possible.”

A memorial fund has been established in Hensley’s name, who was a married father of two.

Donations can be sent to Amy Hensley, c/o Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181.

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