- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Foreign students attending Warwick University believe they are being targeted for racist attacks — by a swan.

Students have voiced concerns that a 4-foot tall bird with an 8-foot wingspan is xenophobic because it seems to protect its nest from ethnic minorities, The Telegraph reported

“These swans are very annoying, and the students feel as though they’re being bullied,” one student told the Telegraph. “I’m from India, and they attack me especially, they focus straight on me.


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“We’ve been warned that the swans will be a bit feisty at this time of year, but they go for me all year round,” the student said. “I think they don’t like too many Indians in England — maybe the swans here are a little bit racist.”

Italian student Albertina Crocetti agreed that the bird seems to attack foreign students “to defend her nest,” adding that the swan was a “true right-winger for sure — they certainly seem to be racially motivated incidents.”

However, a spokesman for Warwick University told the Telegraph that the students’ responses to reporters were all tongue in cheek, and that the entire story stemmed from a offhand comment made on a social media site by the student initially contacted by the paper.

“The student is greatly saddened to see how a flippant remark they then made was reported,” the spokesman said.