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Horatio the swan's last song

Public Garden swan known as "crazy and mean," found dead November 1.


Halloween brought a nasty surprise to the Public Gardens. Gardens staff found their swan, Horatio, dead on the morning of November 1.

Horatio is remembered for his cantankerous disposition. "He was crazy and mean," says gardener Tracy Jessen, who was often attacked by the swan while feeding him. "He could definitely draw blood."

This is the second fowl death in the gardens' this year---Momma Goose died in August.

"It's going to be pretty quiet down there without a goose or swan to feed," says gardener Dave McLearn.

Gardens staff are unsure if they will get another swan. Jessen would like to see more wildlife, which could be attracted to the gardens using bird feeders.

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