Ducks Step in To Ring Bell

For 800 years, it has been tradition that the swans in the moat at the Bishop’s Palace in Somerset, England ring a bell to be fed. Tourists come to see the swans in action, and new swans are trained occasionally to carry on the tradition. However, the newest pair of swans are shy and have been slow to catch on to their job.
However the pair of ducks are more than happy to help out and grab some food for themselves.

Caretaker Paul Arblaster said: 'The new pair of swans are a rehabilitated pair that were given to us to rehome.

'We've tried to train them to ring the bell as usual but they seem very shy.

'Instead there is a pair of Muscovy ducks which are ringing the bell all the time an getting all the food.'

Arblaster hopes to bring the swans up to speed to restore the traditional arrangement. Link

(Image credit: ATEX)

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