Man Drowns After Being Attacked By Swans

April 17, 2012 at 8:44 am by  

DES PLAINES, IL — A 37-year-old man in Illinois drowned in a condo’s retention pond after being attacked by one or more swans.

Anthony Hensley worked for Knox Swan and Dog LLC, a company that places swans or dogs in areas experiencing problems with the geese population. Hensley was at the Bay Colony Drive condos early Saturday morning, caring for swans they’d placed in their retention pond.

Residents say Hensley has been a regular visitor there for years, often seen on the pond in his kayak caring for the swans and feeding them. But tragedy struck that morning when one or more of the swans attacked him. No one knows exactly what prompted the attack — some thinking he just got too close to their nest or eggs — but whatever the reason, it resulted in Hensley’s kayak flipping over.

He was a good swimmer, but a combination of being fully clothed and wearing boots made it difficult for Hensley to keep his head above water. This was made especially laborious by the swans who continued their assault on Hensley as he tried to swim to shore.

Witnesses say Hensley came up at least once before disappearing under the water and never resurfaced until his body was pulled out of the pond over 30 minutes later by a dive crew. It’s not being reported if Hensley was wearing a life-vest, but one was found inside the kayak.

I cannot imagine what his family is going through right now, especially when the circumstances of his death ensure that the media — including us — will be all over it. Hensley was the sole breadwinner for his wife and two young daughters, so a fund has been set up to help them out. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made here:

Amy Hensley
c/o Steuerle Funeral Home
350 S. Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181

I was once attacked by one of these nasty creatures. I had accompanied a girlfriend to a cemetery to visit a dead brother I found out later she never had. While there, she liked to feed the swans that resided in the cemetery’s pond. I just liked I would be getting laid afterwards.

On this day, a swan didn’t like the cut of my jib and waged a continued assault against me. I didn’t feel as if I were in any danger as much as I was getting really aggravated by its tenaciousness and my woman’s cackling. It wasn’t until the bird got a rock-solid peck to my right testicle that I punted the bird like a football before collapsing to the ground in agony.

It left me alone after that, but my balls swelled up to the size of a softball. Like I said, nasty creatures.

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