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By hook or by crick! The bendy-necked swan who can still fly home for Christmas

Posted on 2:17 AM by Sameer Shah

Flying home for Christmas can be a real pain in the neck. Especially when you are a little challenged in that department already.

But Crinkly the crick-necked swan has managed it again.

She has turned up right on schedule at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire, where she has spent every winter since she arrived as a cygnet four years ago.



Each year Bewick swans flock to the trust in Slimbridge from Siberia and Arctic Russia. Crinkly was among a group that landed three weeks ago.

She first waddled her way into the hearts of winter visitors at the wetland centre with her parents Lucius and Coletta in 2004.

Because of her neck deformity, she is easily spotted every year.

A trust spokesman explained that apart from having a little trouble flying, Crinkly is perfectly normal.

Her bendy neck does not stop her eating, although her posture leaves a little to be desired.

'It is thought that Crinkly was born with this defect and, although is not as aerodynamic as the others, seems to cope very well,' the spokesman said.

'Against all of the odds, she has survived ten migrations, clocking up over 30,000 km.'

Her admirers have noticed that Crinkly is yet to find a mate.

Perhaps she will get a peck on the cheek for Christmas.

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