If you have read some of my past blog entries, you might be aware that I enjoy walking every day to decompress, gain perspective, and enjoy nature. Although the majority of my walks occur in the nearby neighborhoods that surround NUHS, I always end my walk by visiting the on-campus pond (Lake Janse). In the past, I have observed many birds hanging out there, including ducks, geese, cormorants, egrets—and more recently—swans!
After being paired together last season and again this season, I noticed that the NUHS swan couple was hanging out quite a lot on their floating raft in the middle of Lake Janse. I noticed the female swan preparing bedding and ‘getting cozy’ on several occasions. I suspected that she might be pregnant or laid eggs there, but I could not really know for sure.
But now, I have some exciting news about the NUHS swans—as I suspected, the couple was expecting offspring! One morning while at the student clinic, I overheard a group of people who were excited after visiting Lake Janse. I immediately knew what was going on, and I walked there and discovered that their eggs finally hatched!
I saw 7 beautiful, fuzzy baby swans (cygnets) swimming in the pond! It is so beautiful to watch them experience life. I am happy that they are happy and healthy. They are growing up quickly. It is is wonderful to witness the swan family swimming and exploring the NUHS Swan Lake together!