There Brutus lives a comfortable, solitary life nibbling on fish food and
chasing away intruders, from blue herons and wood ducks to people who wander
too close to his home pond.
Brutus the swan and Lou Maieron, the owner of Silver Creek Aquaculture.
Maieron is showing Brutus the Crown's charges against him. (Fred Langan/CBC)
He seems content but the federal government is not happy with this situation
and has spent thousands of dollars prosecuting Lou Maieron, the owner of
Silver Creek Aquaculture, a fish hatchery where Brutus has taken up
Indeed, the Crown launched an appeal after a judge stayed the first set of
proceedings in the case.
"The charge is that I am keeping a migratory bird without a permit," says
Maieron, the only human who can come close to the big swan. "But that's
wrong. Brutus is free to leave at any time.