In a bizarre act that really shouldn’t make any news story, including the Darwin awards, a man died when he got his kayak too close to a group of swans. Pack of swans? Swan flock? Swan team? Well, however swans are considered in group, that’s how they came at a Des Plaines, Illinois man who previously had been known to help the swans.
Anthony Hensley, aged 37-years old at the time of his swanning, died when he was kayaking in a pond near an apartment complex on Bay Colony Drive in Cook County (near Des Plaines). It’s believed that Hensley was checking on the wellness of the swans which were kept in the pond to keep geese away. Perhaps it would have been safer if he found some ATVs for sale or took a bike to ride around the pond.
Geese are not killers as swans have turned out to be, but still geese can come with their own problems. I guess.
The kayak was witnessed being in a vertical fashion instead of horizontal, so somehow Hensley kept his kayak in a skilled and difficult position while dying. Eye witness testimony of course is flawed and sometimes useless, like when identifying which swans caused the kayak attack.
The swans had somehow drowned Hensley.
There are currently no planned vengeances and no intentions to question or hold the birds. Seems like if people could train swans to attack and kill, they could get away with it.
Source of the killer swan attacks.
In case you heard about the widow of the attacked: