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There once was an ugly duckling ...

When fiction becomes fact....


I spotted this forlorn figure of a cygnet, sitting alone by a pond at Ickworth House, near Bury St. Edmund, Suffolk, England, UK. A National Trust volunteer explained the bird had been abandoned by its parents and now copes alone in the world. But he was happy to add that the cygnet was now coping well and going from strength to strength.


Update: Our cygnet has now been transferred to a swan rescue centre and doing well :-)


"The Ugly Duckling" is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from his surroundings until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better. “The Ugly Duckling”, first published 11 November 1843 with three other tales by Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark won great critical acclaim. The tale has been adapted to various media including opera, musical, and animated film.

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Taken on September 11, 2012