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May 19, 2014

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.chicagotribune.com

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man who was attacked by a swan. (Posted on: April 17, 2014)

The wife of a Villa Park man who drowned two years ago after a swan attacked him is suing his employer and the condo complex where he tended the swans.

The lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Amy Hensley, in Cook County Circuit Court claims an attack by a swan caused or contributed to Hensley falling out of his kayak and ultimately drowning. Along with the Bay Colony Drive condo complex where he drowned, the lawsuit names Hillcrest Property Management and Hensley’s employer, North Barrington-based, Knox Swan and Dog, LLC, which places the birds in ponds as goose deterrents.

For about 10 years, Anthony Hensley, 37, a father of two, came around the Bay Colony Drive condo complex near Des Plaines regularly to tend to a pair of swans meant to keep geese and their droppings away, his family and residents told the Tribune.

On the morning of April 14, 2012, one of the swans attacked Hensley, causing his kayak to topple, according to witnesses at the time. The bird continued to lunge at him as he struggled to make it to shore before he disappeared under water, authorities said after the attack. He was pronounced dead at a hospital after dive crews scoured the 50-foot-deep pond to find him, authorities added.

Using swans to chase away geese is an effective practice, according to bird experts, because swans are larger, territorial and will live in…

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