Swan linked to man's drowning near Chicago

Swans swim on a lake at a zoo Monday, May 8, 2006 in Shanghai, China. The Chinese government last week reported an outbreak of bird flu in wild birds in remote western China in a further sign of the difficulties in controlling the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

(AP) DES PLAINES, Ill. - Officials say an aggressive swan may have contributed to the death of a suburban Chicago kayaker who drowned.

Anthony Hensley of Villa Park was pulled from a pond at a Des Plaines area condominium complex Saturday morning. The medical examiner's office ruled his death an accident.

Cook County sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki says the 37-year-old, an experienced kayaker, may have paddled too close to a nesting swan as he checked on the birds.

Bilecki says a jogger reported seeing Hensley fall from the kayak into the water. No one saw any swans attack him, but witnesses said they saw two birds circling him after he fell into the water. He went under as he attempted to swim to shore.

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