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Tuk man tries to rescue swan
Bird didn't fly south with others, died a day later

Kassina Ryder
Northern News Services
Published Monday, November 4, 2013

Lionel Kikoak had been watching the swan from his kitchen window for a few days before he decided to see why it was lingering in the pond outside his home in Tuktoyaktuk last month.

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Tuktoyaktuk resident Lionel Kikoak rescued a swan on a pond outside his home at the end of October. It died a day later. - photo courtesy of Lionel Kikoak

The other swans and birds had flown south weeks before, so Kikoak knew something had to be wrong.

"The geese had already left last month and the pond was freezing over," he said. "I went up to it and seen what was the matter. When I got there I realized it was injured or sick."

A layer of ice was already covering the pond on Oct. 25, the day Kikoak investigated the bird, so he decided to take it home.

Kikoak said he and his mother called the community's renewable resource officer, who said she would take it to the office's garage area to see what she could do for it.

Unfortunately, Kikoak said, it died the following day.

"If it was able to fly she was going to let it go, but it died," he said.

Kikoak said he believes the bird was ill, which prevented it from flying south with the rest of its flock.

"It's pretty weird there was still a swan here over a month ago," he said.

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