German city must pay for swan who terrorised park-goers

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3 November 2004 , STUTTGART - A court ordered Stuttgart city officials this week to pay the equivalent of a USD 1,000 fine to a man who complained he was attacked in a municipal park by a resident swan well known for vicious behaviour. Stuttgart State Court handed down the fine on a complaint by a 48-year-old man from nearby Schorndorf who said the swan had inflicted a gash to his head requiring stitches in an attack last April. It was only the latest in a series of attacks by the bird at Stuttgart's Stadt

3 November 2004

STUTTGART - A court ordered Stuttgart city officials this week to pay the equivalent of a USD 1,000 fine to a man who complained he was attacked in a municipal park by a resident swan well known for vicious behaviour.

Stuttgart State Court handed down the fine on a complaint by a 48-year-old man from nearby Schorndorf who said the swan had inflicted a gash to his head requiring stitches in an attack last April.

It was only the latest in a series of attacks by the bird at Stuttgart's Stadtsee lake, prompting the judge to rule that municipal authorities had been remiss in remedying a menace to public safety.

A city hall spokesman argued that signs around the lake warned the park visitors: "Danger: Vicious Swan".

Amid reports that the swan might have to be destroyed, animal lovers came to its rescue. One woman has offered to buy the bird and set it free on a secluded pond on her farm.

DPA


Subject: German news

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