Hula, pictured in the foreground, was seen “hanging out” with two other whooper swans earlier this week

An injured swan which was abandoned when its herd migrated to Iceland in March has been reunited with some of its former companions.

The whooper swan, named Hula, damaged a wing and was unable to join the annual 2,000-mile round trip from Frampton March Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire.

The cob has been waiting patiently for the other birds to return, staff at the centre said.

“The lonely swan is lonely no more,” Chris Andrews, from the reserve, said.

“About 20 swans arrived back from Iceland this week and are spending their days eating sugar beet tops in nearby fields before returning to the reserve at night.

“Hula spotted two other whoopers close to the reserve and went over to join them,” he said.

“Since then he seems to have spent a lot of time hanging out with them.”

Mr Andrews said it is not known if they are simply friends or potential mates.

Whooper swans – so named because of the noise they make – migrate to breeding grounds in Iceland in the spring. A group of up to 60 return to the reserve each year for winter.

Mr Andrews said the others are expected to return over the next few days.


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