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Title: I was reading that Swans have a life-expectancy of 102 years! Does this remar...
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 29 July, 2019, 10:49:59 AM
I was reading that Swans have a life-expectancy of 102 years!   
Does this remarkable fact mean that Swans are Britain's longest-living creature? 


Or are there some other creatures (mammals, birds, rodents, fish or creepy crawlies or whatever) in
Britain that live even longer than Swans? 

I mean live longer in the wild, not in zoos. (So, no Giant Tortoises or Quahog Clams please.)

In the UK, which 'creature' is the longest lived?
Title: Re: I was reading that Swans have a life-expectancy of 102 years! Does this remar...
Post by: Duffield1 on 29 July, 2019, 06:28:10 PM
I'm afraid that it is more likely that you're reading fake news!  The life expectancy is generally 20-30 years.  There are some birds that regularly reach 50+ years - species of parrots, in particular, and the oldest bird I can find a reference for was said to be 120 years old, but his 'heritage' is a little dubious. 

http://www.oldest.org/animals/birds/
Title: Re: I was reading that Swans have a life-expectancy of 102 years! Does this remar...
Post by: P-Kasso 2 on 14 August, 2019, 01:35:42 PM
You know, Duff, I think you are absolutely right - and I am absolutely wrong.  I must have been reading fake news!  I do wish Donald Trump would stick to posting his garbage on Twitter and stop posting fake news items on the wider net about geriatric swans that make me look like a grade A chump! !

I remember at the time I read it that I thought that 102 year old swans seemed a bit ripe.  But the website was  pretty reliable and not one normally given to sensationalist fake articles.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the website now. 

But enough of this.  I shall henceforth stick to gazing at my local swans serenely paddling up and down the River Ouse and think that their life span is a more realistic 20 to 30 years.

I must say though that, after a bit of quick double checking, I did find out that that swans are Denmark's national bird.  And what's more, one old fogey of a Danish swan (obviously with a particularly clean lifestyle) did live to clock up the ripe old age of 40!

Nowhere near 102 years old, I do admit. I shall email El Presidente Trump forthwith. 

Anyone got the White House's email address?