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'OLDEST SWAN IN UK': Pickles the Leeds Castle swan has died aged 30

Tuesday 20th July 2021

PICKLES the Leeds Castle swan has died aged 30.

Pickles lived on the estate for more than eight years and was easily recognisable to visitors by his large vibrant yellow bill, long thin neck and black legs.

Mark Brattle, the castle's falconry and wildlife manager, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pickles the swan who passed away.

"Pickles was a massive character at the castle and will be missed by staff and visitors alike. The falconry and wildlife team would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support.”

Whooper swans normally live to 10 years in the wild and up to their late 20s in captivity.