Richard Wiese, host of the television show “Born to Explore,” was visiting the U.K.’s Abbotsbury Swannery a few years ago when he came across an injured swan who displayed not only gratitude, but trust, in one remarkably beautiful moment.
Wiese visited the swan sanctuary with members of other swan rescue organizations to assist with rehabilitation efforts. The swan that Wiese came to pick up had been injured after flying into a chain-link fence, ABC News reported. Wiese was trying to make the swan feel comfortable enough for transport and he managed to exceed expectations.
“When I put it next to me I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine,” Wiese told ABC News. “It’s a wonderful moment when an animal totally trusts you.”
What makes this moment especially rare is the fact that swans aren’t typically affectionate animals. They’re territorial creatures who will defend themselves should a human come near a nest, for example. Furthermore, Wiese told ABC News, while swans are beautiful animals, “they can be vicious” around people.
Yet this particular swan didn’t recoil or attack out of fear when handled by Wiese. Instead, the swan realized that he was perfectly safe in his rescuer’s arms and felt more than content enough to provide Wiese with an unforgettable hug.
It’s beautiful! I wish all animals could trust all humans,
But it seems some humans feel they are above all animals and must
show that by injuring or killing them for no other reason than because they can!