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It's 'swan upping' time, as Britons count the queen's waterfowl

It's 'swan upping' time, as Britons count the queen's waterfowl

The unsuspecting family was enjoying a peaceful outing on the river when the rowers set upon them. “All up!” one of the men cried, prompting some furious oaring by his fellows to maneuver their boats into position. Implacably, they closed in around the bewildered family until there was no chance of escape. One rower splashed into the water and grabbed the dad. Others nabbed mom and the five kids. The captives, their legs tied behind them, were deposited on the shore, squawking in distress and occasionally flapping their wings as they awaited inspection by Her Majesty’s Swan Marker, who strolled up in his splendid scarlet uniform. One by one, each of the five downy...

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