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Arriving at a farm pond eleven years ago, Gaylord never left.

Rod Teel says the trumpeter swan adopted the Teel Family property near Blue Grass.

Gaylord has a great appetite, and really enjoys munching on corn and bread. He walks with a swagger, and spends lots of time in the water.

Teel says the waterfowl is majestic. He is big and has a mind of his own.

The trumpeter swan was released from Jones County in 2000. For the past eleven years, Gaylord has lived on the Teel’s property.

Rod’s daughters named the swan Gaylord.

Gaylord is a bachelor and apparently does not have any desire to mate, according to Conservation Officer Ed Kocal.

However, he is best friends with a Canada Goose named Gertrude who occasionally hangs out at the pond.

The trumpeter swan is territorial, but during the winter allows several mallards to stay on the pond.

Trumpeters make a honking sound, and are the largest waterfowl species native to North America.

At one time, there were less than 70 trumpeters in the lower 48 states.

Now, they are on the comeback trail. They were basically brought back through reproduction efforts which started in the 1980’s.

Jolene Teel, Rod’s wife, says watching Gaylord swim on the water is a peaceful sight.

Looks like Gaylord has found a permanent home. Mrs. Teel says the swan is part of the family.

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