LOS ANGELES TIMES
Swans such as the white one shown in this undated file photo are territorial creatures and can grow quite large. (Chicago Tribune / April 16, 2012)
(Geese can be plenty destructive to landscaping, and their sheer numbers can make areas unusable due to all the droppings. By comparison, a handful of swans can be model neighbors.)
On Sunday, Hensley's family members were grief-stricken, struggling to take it all in. Like many, they couldn't understand how Hensley was unable to beat off the swan."Maybe he didn’t want to hurt the animal," Hensley's father-in-law, George Koutsogiannis, told the Sun-Times. "Maybe he didn’t fight back enough when the swan attacked him....I can’t understand how this was possible."
There were no immediate details Monday about the swan that attacked Hensley, or its fate. Depending upon their size and breed, swans can be quite large with some standing 4 feet tall, weighing about 30 pounds and boasting a wing span of up to 8 feet wide.
Hensley reportedly did not have life insurance, and a memorial fund was set up to help his family.
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